What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature prison drama is full of graphic sexual conversation and several sex scenes that include partial nudity (breasts, butts, etc.). The violence includes a bloody stabbing that's racially motivated, and the language is nonstop -- there's no swear word you can think of that isn't used. Additionally, the movie deals with lots of heavy topics that young kids and even most teens aren't old enough to understand -- marital malaise, redemption, sin, spiritual rebirth, prison's inability to rehabilitate, etc. This isn't an R-rated movie in which the sex and language are played for laughs; with such grown-up subject matter, this is drama is best for adults and possibly the most mature, film-loving older teens.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages. Is there any kind of positive take away here? Who do you think the film is intended to appeal to?
- How did the movie's violence impact you? How does it compare to the kind of violence you see in an action movie? Which is more upsetting? Why?
- This film feels more like a play than a movie. What about it -- dialogue, mood, setting -- would lend itself to the theater?