More than anything else, The Road is a picture of a father's fierce love for his son. It's a vivid account of the precious lives God has entrusted to us, as well as the sacrifice He made on our behalves (John 3:16). However, the characters' actions are sometimes disturbing and desperate, so parents who choose to journey along this Road would be wise to leave their young sons and daughters at home.

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  • Language/Profanity:  Lord's name taken in vain; "son of a b-tch"; "hell"; the "f" word several times toward the end of the film, including "mother------"; "sh-t."
  • Smoking/Drinking/Drugs:  Father drinks whiskey and offers some to his son; father smokes.
  • Sex/Nudity:  A married couple shown in night clothes; man's backside is shown more than once; boy is bathed in a tub; father is shirtless.
  • Violence/Crime:  Fears of cannibalism; skulls and bones shown; the feet of several bodies are shown dangling, and the boy asks his father why the people killed themselves; the father carries a gun with two bullets—one for himself, one for his boy, when/if the time comes for him to act; father shows the boy how to put the gun in his mouth and pull the trigger; the father always reaches for the gun when waking; marauding gang carries guns; man points a gun at another man who's urinating; a man flashes a quick, threatening smile at a young boy, then explains that he eats whatever he can find; a knife is put to a boy's neck and blood is seen on his neck; a man is shot; the father says he'll kill anyone who touches his son, because that's his job; a woman worries that she and her son will be raped, killed and eaten; boy wishes he were dead so he could be with his deceased mother, and says something similar about his father; gang of people in a cellar attack other humans; blood in a bathtub; gun is cocked and pointed; sounds of screaming from within a house; boy strikes his father; skeleton in a bed; skulls on sticks; blood in the snow; falling trees; man vomits up blood; a thief is forced to strip and return the things he stole; man is shot in the leg with an arrow.
  • Marriage/Family:  Pregnancy and birth of boy are pictured in flashback; a husband discards a photo of his deceased wife and removes his wedding band; a wife leaves her husband and boy behind.
  • Religion:  A man says that if his son is "not the word of God, then God never spoke"; boy encourages father to give thanks before they eat; the father puts his hands together in a praying gesture, and they thank the people who left them food; a discussion of whether God would know about what's happened on earth, and a skeptical response from one of the participants; speculation on how the father would have made the world if he were God.