Bad Hair Movie Poster
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  • 1 hr 33 min
  • Drama
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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) is a gritty, painfully sad, very complex Spanish-language drama about a troubling mother-son relationship that explores the difficulty in accepting someone for who they are. Lots of issues to do with sexuality, body image, self-expression, affection, and more are explored at varying levels. Kids about 9 years old mention rape while playacting. Later they talk with lots of misinformation about rape. A psychologically disturbing scene shows a light, mildly flirtatious mother-son dance turn sour when the mother becomes more overtly and aggressively sexual; the child (9 years old) becomes confused and frightened. Two explicit sex scenes show nudity and bare breasts, thrusting, grunting, and simulated orgasm. One involves a mother insisting that her 9-year-old son watch her have sex with her ex-boss by refusing to let her son close his bedroom door. She makes direct eye contact with her son while she and her boss are naked on the couch, her breasts visible, her legs splayed, and the boss thrusting and grunting. The mother also appears topless while bathing her infant; the baby grabs at one of her breasts. She's shown topless in the shower. An extended scene shows kids dancing to music with lyrics that include "d--k," "bitch," and "f--k" repeated many times. Other profanity includes "damn," "bitch," "whore," and "fag."

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  • Language
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  • Drinking & drugs
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