Sling Blade Movie Poster
  • Released
  • July 10, 1998
  • R, 2 hr 16 min
  • Drama
  • 21 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intense drama focuses on a mentally disabled man, Karl, who tries to build a life in his rural Arkansas hometown after spending 20 years in a psychiatric hospital for a brutal murder. He forms a surprisingly touching bond with a 12-year-old boy, and moves into the dysfunctional home the boy shares with his mom and her abusive boyfriend. There's plenty of sexual talk, swearing ("f--k," "p-ssy," "s--t"), and some drinking, as well as a few disturbing scenes of shocking violence.

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  • Drinking & drugs
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