Uplifting Get Low Gets High Marks
- Monday, August 16, 2010
Get Low is the best kind of film—one of excellent craft, but also one with an important message that goes down easy even as it provokes reflection. It's entertaining, even lighthearted at times, but never flip or condescending toward its rural characters, including the pastors. Given a chance, Get Low will send you out of the theater on a high.
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- Language/Profanity: Lord's name taken in vain; "g-dd-mn"; "son of a b-tch"; "a-s"; "d-mn"; "bulls-it"; a few uses of "hell"; scatological terms.
- Smoking/Drinking/Drugs: Whiskey is shared; a scene of smoking.
- Sex/Nudity: A suggestive comment from a husband toward his wife; Felix says he "had a go" with a woman long ago.
- Violence/Crime: A man shoots off a gun to frighten some children, one of whom vomits; Felix retaliates against verbal and physical abuse; a warning gunshot whizzes past a man's head; a man recounts an attempted murder.
- Religion: Gossip is said to be the devil's work; a pastor asks if Felix has made peace with God; after Felix says, "I've paid," the pastor replies that he can't buy God's forgiveness, which is free but has to be asked for; another pastor says he's talked to God about Felix for years, and God has told him that Felix is too much trouble; he asks Felix whether he's sought forgiveness from those he hurt; told to ask Jesus for forgiveness, Felix says he never did anything to him; free will is "not all it's cracked up to be"; Felix says that in the past he rejected advice to seek forgiveness, but now seeks it; an image of the afterlife; a graveside funeral scene.
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