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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Angry, courageous, and competitive, the players and their families openly discuss their behaviors and attitudes.
Positive Role Models
Players demonstrate courage and perseverance.
Violence & Scariness
Match and practice camerawork is hard-hitting, graphic surgery footage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and slang.
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Strong language, used in anger and sports contests.
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Products & Purchases
Logos at matches; discussion of marketing.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Players drink and smoke at parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Murderball is a documentary that features hard-hitting quad rugby scenes. Shot from multiple angles (subjective and objective), the games and practices are rough, exciting, and sometimes unsettling. The players use strong language, drink and smoke, and make slangy references to sexual acts. The film includes some shots of missing limbs, as well as footage of a player in the hospital (and briefly in surgery), following a heart attack. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Rowdy and inspiring, this documentary provides multiple perspectives on what it's like to play quad rugby. The players see themselves as gladiators, and Rubin's innovative camerawork suggests why, alternating between long shots of the arena (bodies and chairs crashing into each other, barreling down the court, scoring and spinning) and close, "wheelchair cam" shots that emphasize the intimacy of all this speed and aggression.
The community of quads -- and potential rugby players -- is not limited to those who have suffered illness or freak accidents. Instead, Murderball suggests, war (and the improved technologies that allow troops to survive devastating wounds) extends the community. It's a smart, sensitive coda for this saga of survival.
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