Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says not for kids
Darkly funny morality tale for mature gore lovers.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film uses violence, blood, and gore -- along with graphic sex and drug use -- to make the point that, in one character's words, "anybody can do anything to anyone and get away with it." A man is stabbed in the face with a pen, a graphic sexual scene is intercut with scenes of a blood-covered man in excruciating pain, a nursing assistant must clean up the visible excrement of an elderly patient, a dog chews on the bloody leg of an incapacitated but conscious man, and so on. The language is similarly strong, with everything from "f--k" to "bulls--t" used frequently. In other words? Not for kids!
- Families can talk about the fact that the movie is "inspired" by a true story. Why do you think the filmmakers decided to make this particular story into a horror film? What were they trying to say about the shameful behavior of most of the characters? Did you ever find yourself laughing at how far Brandi went to save herself? Do you think the filmmakers wanted you to laugh? What audience do you think this movie was made for?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Amoral, monstrous behavior moves the plot from beginning to end. From the lowliest landlord in a sleazebag hotel to a suit-and-tie government bureaucrat, the characters have no moral compass. Cruelty, selfishness, and indifference consistently override common decency.
What to watch for
Violence: Very violent and bloody car accident in which a man's head crashes through the windshield; gory aftermath of accident is shown in scene after scene; point-blank gunfire; a woman is set ablaze and burns to death on camera; a man is stabbed in the face with a pen.
Sexy stuff: Nudity in several scenes includes breasts and full bodies in partial shadow. A fight occurs with one participating woman completely nude; lengthy intercourse sequence.
Language: Cursing predominant throughout the movie. Language includes "f--k," "a--hole," "f--king," "s--t," "bulls--t." The opening scenes are accompanied by a rap song with explicit lyrics.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drugs (Ecstasy, marijuana) used on several occasions. Characters drive while under the influence. A main character is a drug dealer. Alcohol is consumed in several scenes.