CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Drinking at dinner and at bars; drunkenness discussed. A “special recipe” smoothie purportedly contains “weed”; a later container holds a drink made with “mushroom” apparently of the ‘magic’ variety which causes a character to get high. A character who is said to be a recovering alcoholic looks lustfully at a bottle of wine.
  • Language/Profanity: He** (in a performance for children, among others); lewd comments around the town’s “Moby Dick Day”; sh**; multiple colorful references to body parts; dam*; blatant racial slurs (“colored boy” etc.); “Oh God” more of a prayer than curse (speaker is sick at the time); a possible reference to the f-word and reference to women as who*** but  audience laughter obscured the dialogue at that point.
  • Sex/Nudity: Sex is a constant theme of the movie. Grace and Wade clearly live together though unmarried; we see them on the verge of sex (some with S&M overtones) several times. Two characters discuss a childhood experience walking in on their mother “doing unspeakable acts” with their scout master. One half of a lesbian couple invites a man to “have sex with me” in her attempt to determine if she’s “really gay.” She later invites her partner to join them to “get me going” and there’s a clear indication of girl-on-girl with possible three-way action before the screen goes mercifully black. There’s also a “counseling” session with the lesbian couple and the comment “sexuality can be ambiguous.” A teen boy tries to act in a way that will “help me get laid” and dances with women’s underwear and a suggestive poster in a lewd manner.  Others indulge in brief ‘dirty dancing.’ Several characters dress in a revealing manner and there’s a skinny-dipping beach scene shown in silhouette.
  • Violence: Older man punches grown son in stomach (apparently a sign of affection). Some slapstick violence including man falling off a raised platform and being chased by a dog. A young man is threatened in a bar bathroom.
  • Spiritual Themes: The entire Peeples family is keeping secrets from each other and the emotional and relational damage that results is clearly shown. Pride is a big problem for many characters (it goes hand in hand with the secrecy). Grace refuses to deal with problems to the point of having a code word that stops tough conversations in their tracks. The characters are so busy trying to be what they think the others want them to be that virtually no one has an honest conversation, much less a real relationship. There’s no grace from this family, even from Grace herself, only the law as laid down by her dad who is (literally) a judge. All this could lead to some interesting conversations about snap judgments and authentic relationships on the drive home from the theater.

Publication date: May 10, 2013