Pause for kids 17 & under
Grim, intense movie tells a powerful, relevant true story.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dallas Buyers Club is an intense drama based on a true story about finding treatment for AIDs in the early days of the disease. The movie contains very strong subject matter overall -- including graphic unsafe sex, drug abuse, and bigotry -- but tells a powerful and relevant story. There's some fighting and threats, and a little blood. Some nudity is visible during sex scenes. Language is very strong, and includes several racial and homophobic slurs. Drugs are prevalent, both illegal recreational drugs and AIDS medicines, and characters often drink heavily, or abuse their meds with alcohol. Many characters smoke cigarettes.
- Families can talk about the actions of the drug companies and the FDA as portrayed in this movie. Were they doing the best they could? Or was business (and profits) getting in the way of helping people?
- Even though Ron Woodroof more or less broke the law, is he still a hero?
- How does Ron Woodroof's bad behavior (drinking, smoking, unsafe sex, etc.) in the movie's first half affect his character overall? How does the Ron Woodroof character overcome his homophobia? How does the "Rayon" character help this?
- What's the movie's position on AIDS treatment? Does the movie advocate healthy living over hospitals and prescription drugs? Where do the two meet?
The good stuff
Messages: The main character learns to help himself and help others when no system is in place to do it for him. He goes against various laws, but the results of his actions are most certainly for the good. For AIDS patients, he advocates simple vitamins and proteins (as well as clean living and non-processed food) over harsher medicines. Ultimately the message is that when motivated, people can change for the better and fight for the greater good. There's also an anti-corporate message demonstrated through drug companies' heartless actions.
Role models: The main character transforms from a rotten person to a heroic one. He starts out as a homophobic, bigoted, promiscuous drug user. Over the course of the story, he learns to take care of himself, eat healthy, and learns to appreciate and love others regardless of who they are. Initially, his catalyst for helping others is to help himself and make money, but he eventually learns to see the good he is doing for others.
What to watch for
Violence: The main character often picks fights with others, especially in the first half of the movie. Much of the time, this doesn't result in anything except some threats or missed punches. In one fight, he gets punched and has a bloody mouth. He's also injured by an electric shock while on a job, and some blood is shown. Even during the second half, however, there is shouting and some showy threats. Characters' feeble and deteriorating conditions are arguably more upsetting than any acts of violence or aggression in the film.
Sex: The main character has sex with many partners, often unsafe. As the movie opens, he's seen having sex with two girls in the stadium, though it's mostly in close-up with no nudity shown. Later, a flashback shows him having sex with a woman with track marks on her arms; its how he contracted the HIV virus. After being diagnosed, the main character has spontaneous sex with a woman, also diagnosed with the virus. Some female toplessness is shown. The main character's bottom is shown, in another scene he is heard masturbating. There's also strong sexual innuendo, both gay and straight, throughout.
Language: Language is much stronger in the movie's first half, before the character is reformed. It includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--ksucker," "p---y," "Goddamn," "son of a bitch," "hell," "dumbass," "motherf--ker," "a--hole," and "c--k," as well as racial and cultural slurs like "faggot," "homo," "chink," the "N" word, and "spic."
Consumerism: Not applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Both the main character, Ron, and the secondary character, Rayon, are shown to be habitual drug users and/or drinkers. In the first half of the movie, Ron drinks heavily (mostly whisky), snorts cocaine, and smokes cigarettes. When Ron first starts taking AIDS meds, he abuses them and takes them with beer. Ron eventually recovers but Rayon keeps using throughout. We rarely see Rayon using, but Ron confronts Rayon about being high in some scenes. Hypo needles are shown, and AIDS medications are discussed at length.
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One of the best movies of this year by cuzzanio
Great acting and well deserved Oscars. If you have been impacted by a slow or clumsy FDA decision, this movie will move you to the bones!
McConaughey and Leto deserve Oscars by the_bird_is_the_word
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto deserve their Oscars. It was a disturbing film with not to lovable characters but great performances, It's disturbing that people live the way they were depicted in the film. The viewing public needs to know this. One hopes that AIDS patients are treated better today than they were in the 1980's. This was not a feel good movie but a good movie just the same.
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB by DOGMOMTHRICE
AS I BECAME ILL & WAS NOT ABLE TO GO. (AND IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY ! ! ! ) I AM GOING TO HAVE TO RESHEDULE. I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW FEW THEATERS ARE SHOWING. "BEST ACTOR" & BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR"., WHAT ARE THESE THEATERS THINKING ! ! ! I HOPE I WON'T BE FORCED TO SEE ON A "SMALL" SCREEN" SUCH AS "NETFLIX"
I CAN'T WAIT TO RESCHEDULE. MAYBE FRIDAYS NEWSPAPER WILL HAVE A SHOWING CLOSER TO HOME
"SAD FAN", AND ON MY B DAY TOO ! ! !
Dallas Buyers Club...where is it playing?!?!?! by jmazil01
It's a week after the Academy Awards have wrapped up already and I can't find this movie playing anywhere in my area! Yet, 12 Years a Slave is playing. This bothers me since we're talking about a movie that won the best actor & supporting actor awards so you'd think it would've been re-released for people to go see by now. Just puzzling!
Not happy story but excellent by rayrumtum
I was skeptical that this movie merited the Oscar for best actor and best supporting actor. But after seeing it, I think the Academy did well! I really wasn't sure what to expect plot wise other than that it had to do with AIDs. The lead actor was impeccable in changing from a basically unlikable character to one you could sympathize with.
Can't stop thinking about Dallas Buyers Club! by ccordet
Dallas Buyers Club is an extraordinary film. There is not a moment wasted. Each scene is filled with emotion and character development. It was a pleasure to see such honesty and growth of human spirit and understanding portrayed on the screen. Do not miss this film. It is a triumph for the film makers and a gift to the audience.
Dallas Buyers Club by jsummerlin99664
Loved this movie. Matthew McConaughey was amazing and Jared Leto is worthy of his Oscar nomination. It's a good story that made me think - in addition to the film FARMAGEDDON about the government's role in preventing folks from making our own decisions about what food we should be allowed to eat - there should be another called PHARMAGEDDON about the government's role in preventing folks from getting the medications they need to survive. Let's face it, big corporations that make pesticides and drugs have the resources to control our elected officials - been going on a long time.
Great Performances, Choppy Filming by blackbeltbaker
I have not generally been a fan of Matthew McConaughey, but he and Jared Leto do give outstanding performances. It a sad and very sweet transformation movie and even though Ron Woodruff is at first not a very likeable character, you do wind up admiring and rooting for him as the movie progresses. The movie also really brings to life the pitiful state of drug trials and approvals and really touches on the desperation that so many must feel when given a terminal sentence.
As far as downsides....the movie was way too choppy in its filming; it dragged in parts and slammed you in the face in others. I found it a little disjointed. Sadly, I also found Jennifer Garner's performance a bit flat, and I usually like her work very much.
So in summary, definitely worth seeing....on Netflix.