Want more recommendations for your family?
Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie explores the ways the horror and ravages of war make bad people even worse and drive good people to desperate acts.
Positive Role Models
While the women in this movie display tremendous strength and resilience in the face of tremendous evil and the horrible ravages of war, none can be perceived as a positive role model.
Violence & Scariness
A slave woman is shot in the head and killed. A woman is sexually assaulted at gunpoint. Characters are shot and killed with rifles. A woman bites a man's lip until it bleeds. Scenes of casualties on a battlefield. Several dead bodies sprawled around a general store and the street. Pistol whipping. A woman is found dead in a chair from suicide. A slave woman discusses being raped at age 10 and the numerous times she was raped after that.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman removes the upper half of her dress to put out a fire; no nudity.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Two uses of the "N" word." "F--k" used once.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two Union Civil War soldiers are constantly drunk from whiskey; while drunk they shoot and kill people, sexually assault women, scream, and start fights.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Keeping Room is a 2014 film about three Southern women who are doing everything they can to defend themselves from two dissipated Union soldiers who are killing, raping, and destroying their way through the Deep South countryside in anticipation of General Sherman's March to the Sea. Profanity includes the "N" word and "f--k." Two Union Civil War soldiers are constantly drunk from whiskey. This is an extremely violent movie with a sexual assault at gunpoint, dead bodies, characters shot and killed with rifles, and unrelenting tension and suspense. It also happens to be an excellent film that is unafraid to confront the horrors of war, and the Civil War in particular, and its impact on those who lived it. And unlike so many war movies, the characters in this movie are all broken, damaged, and at the ends of their tethers. For those mature enough to confront the graphic horrors of war, this film should inspire thought and reflection on how war is conveyed in our entertainment as well as the news media. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE KEEPING ROOM is an extremely violent Civil War tale that is best for mature teens and older. This intense drama forces the viewer to confront some of the horrors of the Civil War and the ways in which most war movies have traditionally conveyed fighting as valorous, glorious, and without blood, unless it's the enemy, of course. It's as gruesome and bleak as it is tense and suspenseful, and what emerges are characters brought to the brink of insanity by the horrors of war and all it has wrought. There are no heroes in this movie; while the women who are trying to defend themselves and their home from two dissipated and just plain nasty Union soldiers are certainly sympathetic characters whom the audience wants to "win," they don't display the typical modes of heroism as conveyed in so many war or action movies so much as being in desperate survival mode, reacting to one traumatic situation after the other. What ultimately emerges is an unforgettable exploration of the theme of resiliency in the human spirit, manifested during one of America's ugliest and most-chronicled chapters in its history.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.