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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It's a Club you don't want membership in But Respect...... by dbacr2003
One has to love Matthew McConaughey for taking on a role where his beautiful body is basically turned to dust. The acting in this movie from everyone is superb and award worthy. Having a brother die from aids I related to this movie, however, did not know all of this information. It was a brave undertaking all the way around and it was done with class and guts.
While I would not tell anyone to see it unless they were deep enough to understand it ,as the sadness is at a depth that most people don't need. It was done so very, very well and deserves awards for walking the plank as the sharks are feeding....
My hat is off to all who are part of this movie... Thank You !!!
never forget hiv by jrodrigo31
The hate, the fear, had for people infected. Drug companies took advantage of those without a choice.
And to those unsung heroes that tried their best to help the sick.
To all the actors thank you for sacrifices and portraying the characters and lives of those affected by AIDS
Yes, the main character starts ignorant, but at end of his life; he died a learned man.
excellent by cariphilpott
great movie! I'm not a huge McConoughy fan but he was amazing.! The story I didn't know either and all done very well without being terribly depressing at the end.
Dallas Buyers Club by Gramboice
Great acing by Matthew Mc., but borderline pornographic in parts, so be aware! The movie itself is a little long, but because it's based on a true story, it keeps your attention through to the end.
Not as good as I heard by barbt1956
It was a very good movie, and Jared Leto was beyond belief. However - I have heard nothing but praise for Matthew McConaughey, and I think it is very over-rated. Yes, he lost a tremendous amount of weight. That is truly admirable. But, I just didn't feel his performance meets that of any of the other Best Actor nominees.
Here is my concern. My expectation for Ron Woodruff would be to see a very complex man evolving. He is a red-neck cowboy with homophobia and AIDS, obsessed only with making money through selling drugs and finding a way to live longer for himself. He should then EVOLVE into a man who sees a higher calling - convincing the medical field that he has found a better solution for treating AIDS through his work and research. I just don't feel McConaughey pulled this off. We see the changed man, but not the transition. All of a sudden, he is different. We should've seen it in his eyes/actions.
Very Good film - but not Best Actor
Dallas Buyers Club by scowan75
I really liked this movie and I really look for things that are out of the ordinary and I noticed about 25 to 30 mins into the movie there was a poster on a wall behind Matthew McConaughey that was TOTALLY out of place, meaning it was a poster of a LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR! The producers and everyone else that had anything to do with that scene didn't even pick up on it! At first I couldn't figure out what kind of car it was until I recognized some of the characteristics of the car and looked up some images to confirm. Sure enough it was!
Other than this, the movie was great! Matthew definitely played the part of someone who looked like he was on the verge of death! He is one of my favorite actors and he was almost unrecognizable as he was in this movie! This movie is DEFINITELY worth watching!
Great story and fantastic performances by bradfordwillett
Interesting period piece from the 1908s that captures the tragedy and varying issues of the AIDs epedemic in a powerful and entertaining way.
great performances, especially by Matthew McConaughey, bring the story and time period to life
What a surprise! by vrathgeber3
My expectation was for a downer experience. Wrong! What an inspiring story of someone who took control of his life when faced with overwhelming odds and uncertainty and ended up helping a lot of people and becoming a better person in the process. Captures the misconceptions and attitudes towards AIDS/HIV in the mid-80s when we weren't quite sure how contagious it was. Highly recommend this flick!
Great movie! by toadota2000
This was probably one of Matthew McConaughey's toughest roles. He did an amazing job. Probably an Oscar performance. The whole cast was good. I especially liked the friendships that developed between Rayon and McConaughey and McConaughey and the good doctor. I was laughing and crying throughout the whole movie.
Great Movie by lsokc
Still the best movie I have seen in the past 6 months. Not usually a M.M. fan, but if he keeps this up I will see any movie he is in.