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The Ballad of Little Jo | 1993 | R | - 6.5.3

Suzy Amis stars as a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to survive the rough, sexist world of 1866.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - There are a couple of brief love scenes: the participants are topless. There's also an opaque mirror reflection of a nude woman, and another woman is shown in a sheer negligee. Men are shown taking turns in visiting prostitutes. There's an attempted rape, which is halted when the woman pulls a gun. References to oral intercourse.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A woman slashes her face with a straight razor; we hear her scream and see the resulting scar. A man cuts a woman's face, and we see some blood. A number of people are shot, some in slow motion. A family is shown after being massacred, and one woman is shot in the back while she's running away. A couple of sheep are shown after an encounter with a wolf; we then see the wolf being shot.


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LANGUAGE 3 - Some scatological language, some cussing and some sexually explicit references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Pregnancy out of wedlock, premarital sex, loneliness, opium use, gender-bending.

MESSAGE - Women are equal to men; and, they can be as tough as men.

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