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  • Released
  • June 20, 1996
  • R, 1 hr 37 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
  • 2,920 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that Fargo is a now-classic 1996 Coen Brothers movie in which a pregnant police chief tries to figure out who was behind a triple homicide that took place on a road outside of town and why. Like so many of the Coen Brothers' films, themes of greed, evil, and duplicity are shown through the local color exemplified in the culture and characters of the region the movie is set in. The comedy of "Minnesota nice" characters who are quick with a smile and a "Yah, you betcha" offsets the gruesome murders and the indelible image of a man trying to dispose of the body of the man he just murdered with an axe by shoving him through a wood chipper. Characters are shot and killed at close range, often in the head, bloody as they hit the ground. One of the characters is shot in the jaw and is shown bleeding and suffering as he tries to keep paper towels on his jaw to stop the bleeding. Frequent profanity, including regular use of "f--k" and its variations, including one use by a tween boy. Two of the antagonists have sex with prostitutes in their motel room. A woman is shown being kidnapped by two men who break into her home. The content overall makes this best for older teens and adults.

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