A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Alongside a lot of consequence-free violent/reckless behavior are a few interesting sequences with mini-messages about topics like cutting through the glitz and discovering what really matters. Movie's overall arc is about love rather than revenge, and it prizes decency and honesty over cutthroat business practices.
Positive Role Models
As fascinating as Robin Feld is and as pure as his intentions are, he's still a magnet for violence and rarely faces any consequences. Moreover, his attempt at living a "pure" life in the woods by himself could also be seen as running away from his grief.
Violence & Scariness
Unseen invaders break down a door and hit a man, knocking him to floor; character clobbered in face with something metallic-sounding. Pool of blood on floor. Bloody head wound. Swollen, bloody face. Knife. Underground fight club sequence; character held while another beats him up (repeated punching). Sounds of pig in distress, frantic squealing. Death and suicide discussed. Scene of chopping game hens.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief sex-related dialogue.
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Very strong language, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Secondary characters appear to be stoned/high. Reference to "junkies." Character smokes pot. Wine with dinner. Adult drinks whiskey socially.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pig is a drama-thriller about a former chef named Robin Feld (Nicolas Cage) who's living as a truffle hunter deep in the woods and will stop at nothing to find his kidnapped pig and get her back. Robin is beaten up several times, and he's whacked in the head with something that makes a metallic sound. His face is swollen and bloody throughout. A knife is shown, death and suicide are discussed, and the pig is in distress, with frantic squealing noises heard. Language is also strong throughout, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," and "a--hole." There's also brief sex-related dialogue. Adult characters drink wine and whiskey in social settings, and two minor characters are referred to as "junkies"; one is seen smoking pot. The movie is surprisingly perceptive and touching and boasts an amazing performance by Cage. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
What might have been a typical, one-note revenge movie actually becomes a bleakly atmospheric, oddly touching, surprisingly perceptive drama, with a grizzled, powerhouse performance by Cage. The feature directing debut of Michael Sarnoski, Pig begins deceptively, setting up what we expect will be a familiar story: Robin is shown hunting truffles, cooking and baking, and dealing with the flashy, acerbic Amir. It seems to have much in common with two other very good Cage movies, Joe and Mandy. At first it doesn't make sense that Amir would help Robin, but the more details come out, the more we realize how much Amir respects him, and it all comes together. Wolff gives a fine performance too.
The theft of the pig (who doesn't have a name and is only referred to as "my pig") is a genuinely shocking moment, and then the movie deepens in unexpected ways. It takes place largely within an elite, high-class restaurant industry, and even the smallest characters emerge in potent ways. Robin acts almost as a mirror image to others, revealing their true selves, uncovering whether a person is shallow or crooked. In a way, Pig is really about cutting through the glitz and discovering what really matters. The simple, surprising, and powerful denouement is one of Cage's great movie moments.
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