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The Banshees of Inisherin | 2022 | R | – 5.6.10

content-ratingsWhy is “The Banshees of Inisherin” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout, some violent content and brief graphic nudity.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes non-sexual male nudity, a flirting scene, references to a man sexually abusing his son, a dead body floating in water, a dead donkey, five severed and bloody fingers (self-inflicted), many arguments and insults, and over 50 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A man (Brendan Gleeson) tells another man (Colin Farrell), who was his best friend for many years, that he doesn’t want to be friends any longer, without offering an explanation. The desperation to find out why, leads to events spinning out of control. Also with Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, Gary Lydon, Pat Shortt, Sheila Flitton, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Jon Kenny, Aaron Monaghan and David Pearse. Directed by Martin McDonagh. [Running Time: 1:49]

The Banshees of Inisherin SEX/NUDITY 5

 – A man sits in a chair, sleeping in his home, and he is fully nude; his bare chest, abdomen, genitals and legs are visible.
 A young man asks a woman if she would like to fall in love with him, she tells him no, and he says, “There goes that dream.” A young man asks a man if he has ever seen his sister without clothes and the man becomes uncomfortable with the conversation. A young man talks about wanting to talk to women. A woman asks her adult brother if he ever gets lonely. A young man asks a woman why she never married and if she was never “wild” and the woman becomes upset and yells at him. A man in a confessional says that he has had “impure thoughts,” and the priest asks if the impure thoughts are about a young man and the two men argue about whether either of them has had impure thoughts about men. A man says of another man that he beats his son every night, when he is not “fiddling with him.”

The Banshees of Inisherin VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – We hear a thud on a door and when a man goes to find out what it was he sees a spot of blood on the door and a severed finger on the ground (we see blood and tissue); we later see a man’s hand missing a finger (we see the bone and surrounding tissue), a pair of shears with blood on them, and a dog licks the wound on the man’s hand. A man throws four severed fingers at another man’s door (we see blood and the severed digits on the ground), and we see his stump of a hand with blood dripping from it later. A small donkey lies dead on the ground and we see partially chewed food and a bloody finger near its mouth (possibly thrown up); when a man discovers the body he reaches in its mouth and pulls out another severed finger (it apparently choked the animal). A man’s hand drips blood on a table in a pub (after his fingers are cut off).
 A police officer punches a man in the face twice and he falls to the ground. A man punches a police officer in the face and he falls unconscious (we see him with a bruise later). A police officer grabs a man by the hair and threatens him about his son being at the man’s house.
 A young man has bruises and bloody cuts on his face and he tells a man and a woman that his father beat him using a kettle. We see a body floating face up in a lake. A man holds a dead donkey on his lap, mourning, before burying it.
 A man piles wood against a house, douses it with flammable liquid and sets it on fire; we see the house engulfed with flames and a man is seen smoking a cigarette inside (he does not die). We hear about a civil war and hear and see explosions across an expanse of water.
 A woman yells at a small donkey that wants to come into the house; she then sends it away. A woman yells at another woman and she is upset when she sees that the woman opened a letter of hers. A man barges into another man’s house and tells him he’s going to give him a slaggin’. A young man startles a woman when he walks up behind her quietly and she yells at him. After two men argue, a dog drags a pair of shears outside so one man won’t use them to cut off his fingers. A man knocks on another man’s door and asks him to go to the pub; the man inside the house does not acknowledge him. A man goes into another man’s house and looks for him; he sees him through a spyglass walking toward town and confronts him at the pub where the second man tells him, “Sit somewhere else.” A man tells his adult sister that she hides from a woman when they pass each other on the road and he says this in front of the other woman; his sister tries to make him stop and insists that she does not hide from her.
 We hear that a man stabbed his wife 6 times with a spoon. A man threatens to burn another man’s house to the ground whether he is in it or not. A priest and a man argue about whether either of them has had impure thoughts about men and the priest curses at the other man as he leaves the confessional and says that he won’t forgive him. A man yells at another man, tells him to leave him alone and says that if the man does not leave him alone her will cut his fingers off. A woman yells at a man in a few scenes. A man says of another man that he beats his son every night, when he is not “fiddling with him.” A man tells another man that the second man’s father was in an accident and might die (hoping the man will leave). A man says to a woman, “No wonder no one likes you.” A woman says that there will be two deaths in a small town. A young man says that his father did kill a man once. A woman tells a man, “I think you might be ill.” A man tells another man, “I just don’t like you no more.” A woman tells her adult brother about another man, “Maybe he just doesn’t like you no more.” Several people ask a man if he and another man have been “rowing.” A woman tells a man that she is leaving and he becomes upset at the prospect of being alone. A young man asks, “What is he 12?” A man asks another man if he is dying. A man talks about wanting to leave something significant behind when he dies and says that music, art and poetry are timeless. A man complains about wasting his time talking to a “limited man.” A priest asks a man in a confessional about how his despair is.

The Banshees of Inisherin LANGUAGE 10

 – About 55 F-words and its derivatives, 6 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (fool, moody school child, unusual, annoying, madness, too harsh, limited man, nut bag, stupid, village gom, fatty, mental, out of order, meanest, ghoul, nob, whiney, boring, piddling, pudgy fiddle players, gom, mopey, gobshite, dim), exclamations (are you jokin’ me, call it quits, I don’t care, anyways, shush, oh my, ai yi yi, jeez), 1 religious profanity (GD), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. for God’s sake, oh my God, oh God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, pray to the Lord, on God’s day). | profanity glossary |

The Banshees of Inisherin SUBSTANCE USE

 – Men in a pub drink pints of beer in several scenes, a woman talks about going to the pub for a sherry, a young man takes a bottle of liquor from his father’s home and sneaks out to drink it with a man, a man and a young man drink liquor from a bottle, and a man smokes and drinks a pint at a pub. Men smoke cigarettes in their homes in several scenes, and a woman smokes a pipe in several scenes.

The Banshees of Inisherin DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Friendship, being nice, loneliness, ambition, civil war in Ireland, depression, sexual abuse, child abuse, self-mutilation.

The Banshees of Inisherin MESSAGE

 – Being nice is dull. Some things are impossible to move on from.

CAVEATS

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