A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bank robbers are brutal and deceptive; Chris is confused and makes bad choices -- he eventually saves his friend's life, through violent means. Farm workers are generically referred to as "Juan and Ramone."
Violence & Scariness
Brutal car accident (auto hits a combine full-speed) is repeated in flashback and is increasingly bloody and/or violent each time; hockey game flashbacks are abrupt, slamming, and fast-cut; Chris' father keeps guns at home; shootouts are rough, with bloody injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Chris comes on to his counselor ("I thnk about f--king you"); sex sounds heard from another room; a couple of brief naked-bottom shots (one man, one woman); Luvlee seduces Chris (she pulls up her nightgown and puts his hand on her); sexual slang ("did you get a hummer?", "getting blown," "bone"); conversation about Luvlee's work as a stripper.
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Several uses of "f--k," as well as "ass," "s--t" (sometimes with "bull"), "damn," "prick," "hell," and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette and marijuana smoking; drinking in a bar and at home; Gary and Chris' father both get visibly, obnoxiously drunk; Chris is on meds; Gary uses an asthma inhaler; Lewis describes his experience cooking meth (the fumes blinded him).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although younger viewers might be drawn to this film by star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it features bloody, harrowing violence, lots of swearing ("f--k" and then some), and brief sexual imagery. A car accident is repeated from different angles throughout the film, and flashbacks showcase the aggression of hockey in short, handheld takes. But the goriest violence involves shootings (with handguns and shotguns) that result in bloody bodies. There are some brief glimpses of naked bottoms and other sexual scenes and characters drink (some to drunkenness), smoke cigarettes and pot, take prescription pills, and talk about meth production. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As viewers are steps ahead of Chris by definition, this convoluted thriller's approximation of his self-storytelling method reveals itself right away. Gary and Luvlee are untrustworthy schemers, affiliated with a very grim-looking shooter named Bone (Greg Dunham, channeling Lance Henriksen), and true-blue Lewis is not only nosy and protective, but also vulnerable and loyal. None of this would be surprising in the standard heist movie, and it's not here.
This means that Gordon-Levitt has a lot of work to do, convincing viewers that Chris is processing his ordinary experiences in an extraordinary way. For the most part, he's up to it. Chris' awkward gait and puzzled face make his former life look long-lost and his current life nearly unfathomable. Until the movie loses its own way (a bloody retribution resolution falls flat), this young actor makes Chris' erratic efforts to read himself and his world look engaged and engaging.
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