Parents' Guide to

Little Dixie

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Gritty, extremely violent one-man-army crime drama.

Movie R 2023 105 minutes
Little Dixie Movie Poster: Frank Grillo stands, holding a gun in one hand and a small bag in the other

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Although most of this crime drama is so familiar as to be tired, the filmmakers nonetheless take a little extra time to develop a strange, gritty atmosphere that elevates the movie above the average. A series of betrayals and a path to revenge, the story of Little Dixie is, admittedly, nothing new. But even though it starts with two of the most worn-out bits of dialogue in cinema history ("you look like s--t" and "we had a deal"), it's clear that writer-director John Swab is trying something here. He spreads his scenes out so that there's breathing room and characters can interact, discussing more than just plot mechanics. There's a certain 1970s quality to the affair, as evidenced by the movie's tribute to Sam Peckinpah's Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia; it has both ambition to try something new and a sense of fatalism, the suggestion that all this violence can never lead anywhere good. Grillo is fully on board, giving a typical tough-guy performance but adding layers of weariness, perhaps even resignation. Knapp's evil Cuco starts as an over-the-top caricature, but even he turns into something interesting. Little Dixie is brutal, but it refuses to coddle viewers.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 3, 2023
  • On DVD or streaming: February 3, 2023
  • Cast: Frank Grillo , Annabeth Gish , Beau Knapp
  • Director: John Swab
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence and bloody images, pervasive language, some sexual content and brief nudity
  • Last updated: March 27, 2023

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