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Parents' Guide to

The Devil's Rejects

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

A family of sadistic killers—a big no for kids.

Movie R 2005 101 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 18+

If you or your kids are SNOWFLAKES, Don't bother...

The movie is a masterpiece! It should simply be rated NS - NO SNOWFLAKES / NOT FOR SNOWFLAKES
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age 18+

Rated 18 (sadistic threat, bloody violence, sexual assault, very strong language).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are sustained sequences of very strong threat and terror, which often focus on the brutality and sadism of the killers. They terrorise many of their victims as much as possible before they kill them, proving many scenes to be very disturbing to watch. There is also scenes of strong bloody violence throughout, including bloody beatings, stabbings, shootings, slashings, and one scene where a woman is splattered across a road after being hit by a vehicle. One sustained sequence of sexual threat and assault depicts a woman being forced to strip and make out with a man, who then proceeds to put a gun in her knickers and, it is implied, puts the barrel of it in her vagina. He also makes several sexual remarks to her, adding to her extreme discomfort and terror. There are also two aggressive uses of very strong language ("c*nt"). | OTHER ISSUES - There are a couple of strong sex scenes featuring breast nudity, as well as other moments of graphic nudity. Strong sexual references throughout. Pervasive use of strong language throughout ("f*ck"), as well as frequent use of milder terms. A few moments of drug use. As a whole, a difficult viewing experience that may disturb or offend anyone regardless of age. | Rated "18" - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains content recommended for viewing by adults only.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Steeped in allusions to other movies, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS mounts a bit of a challenge to mainstream movie conventions that invite viewers to celebrate violence. Still, with its classic/southern rock soundtrack ("Midnight Rider," "Free Bird," "Reelin' in the Years"), it does grant some pleasure in consuming brutality. And so you have to consider your own reaction to what you see, as a means to gauge its effectiveness.

That Wydell's efforts to get even are so horrific and hypocritical raises questions about vengeance as a pop-cultural (even national or political) theme, in that the pay-off is so meaningless. And concerning Gloria's sexual torture: There's something to be said for making viewers uncomfortable in the face of such abuses, but this movie says it confoundingly.

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