The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Old West anthology is riveting, unconventional, violent.

R 2018 133 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 17+

Definitely not for 15 year olds

I enjoyed this film but I would not want my children to watch it until they are at least 17. Although it is entertaining, sometimes amusing, and definitely thought provoking, It explores some extremely dark material, mistreatment and murder of a young paraplegic, prostitution and suicide to name a few. It also contains several quite graphic depictions of gunshot wounds.

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Too much violence
age 18+

Take your torso to brothel night

Meal Ticket is the most depraved vignette of the whole compilation of violent stories. It is a disturbing tale of a boy/young man who is only a torso. He is “made up” by the man who found him/keeps him in a scene that is a bit reminiscent of the Joker. When this young man no longer attracts a crowd he’s thrown off a cliff and replaced by a chicken who can count when this young man no longer attracts a crowd he’s thrown off a cliff We see his last look at the trail as his keeper comes to get him. But not before the keeper take him to a brothel. The best of the vignettes, Scruggs, revolves around blowing someone’s face off. there’s a love story where the young woman puts a bullet in her own head.

This title has:

Too much violence

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