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Dirt Music | 2020 | NR | – 6.5.8

content-ratingsWhy is “Dirt Music” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of sex scenes and implied sex scenes with partial nudity, and cleavage revealing outfits, a fatal car crash with bloody injuries seen, a death from unidentified reasons, a couple of fights with shoving and slapping, a fishing boat injury with a very bloody head/face wound, a couple of other bloody wounds, and over 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A woman (Kelly Macdonald) meets a man (Garrett Hedlund) that appears lost and hopeless after a traumatic event leaves him desperate to rediscover life’s meaning. Refusing to give up on him, she goes to great lengths to help him find his way. Also with David Wenham, Aaron Pedersen, Dan Wyllie and Ava Caryofyllis. Directed by Gregor Jordan. [Running Time: 1:45]

Dirt Music SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A man and a woman go to a hotel room, she kisses him, they lie on the bed, the woman straddles the man and she thrusts and moans until they climax (both are still clothed).
 A woman removes her clothing and jumps into the ocean (we see bare breasts, buttocks, abdomen, back and legs). A fully nude woman swims in water and speaks to a man passing in a boat (we see flesh tones through the water but no detail). A man takes off his shirt and we see his bare back, chest and abdomen. A woman wears a bikini top under overalls and we see the side of her breast and cleavage. A woman wears a camisole and shorts that reveal shoulders, cleavage and bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a nightshirt made of clingy material that shows the outline of her nipples and cleavage. A man is shown wearing a towel around his waist (we see his bare chest and abdomen). A man is shown shirtless in a few scenes (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back).
 A man and woman kiss and we see them talking in bed later (we see his bare back, chest and abdomen and her bare shoulders and cleavage sex is implied). A man and woman lie in bed talking and we see his bare chest and abdomen and her back and shoulder.
 A man confesses to a woman that he had an affair when his wife was sick and dying.


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Dirt Music VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man in a car speeds on a road and another car slams into the car from behind; we see an accident scene later where one man has a bloody head injury, two people in the car are shown bloody and dead and a young girl is shown lying on the ground after being thrown from the car, motionless but alive. A man returns to shore to find his dog dead with its throat slashed (we see blood), his tires slashed and windshield shattered. A man and woman argue, she pounds on his chest and he slams her against a door (no injuries). A man fishes on an island, the pole snaps, the man steps on a sharp rock, cuts his foot badly (we see a large bloody wound), falls back and hits his head on a rock. A woman argues with her father and she jumps into a swimming pool. A man on a fishing boat is injured (we do not see how) and we see him brought back to shore with a very bloody head and face wound. A man attacks another man in a bar and we see him holding him on the floor when another man pulls him away and they leave.
 A man swims after a seaplane as it taxis away and takes off; the man sinks underwater until a woman pulls him to the surface and they get to shore where they both collapse (they are OK). A man swims a great distance and stumbles through brush when he reaches land; he collapses and we see some bloody scratches and cuts when a woman cleans him up and he flinches when she pours alcohol on a cut on his leg. A man’s boat breaks down and he sees two other boats approaching him; he dives overboard, swims away and watches as other men break his boat apart. A woman searches for a man on a number of remote and uninhabited islands. A woman’s car breaks down and a man stops to help her; he offers her a ride and she asks, “I got reason to fear you?”
 Two men wrestle around a bit in a bar; it seems to be in good humor. A woman finds a dog tied up on a beach and unfastens it; the dog runs into the water chasing a boat that has launched. A man walks alone as clouds roll in the sky and lightning and thunder crack and flash. A man rows a canoe alone to a remote island where he fishes and eats a large fish that he caught and cooked. A woman burns a pile of toys and possessions. An injured man rows away from an island and moans in pain from a wound on his foot; he passes out in the boat and it spins around in a current leaving him on a beach where he collapses.
 A man talks about another man pulling a knife on him when he found out he was sleeping with the man’s wife. A man tells a woman that her mother is dead and we hear that she had been dead for 12 hours before being discovered. A man says that another man’s “hand should have burned” for touching a woman. A man talks about a child staying alive on machines after an accident and that he eventually signed documents to take her off life support. A husband accuses his wife of sleeping with another man. A woman talks about being stuck on an isolated island for two days. A woman tells a man that she knows “what happened to you and your family.” A woman tells a man, “We should talk,” and he replies, “Don’t overthink it.” A woman tells a man that he should take up bomb disposal and he says his hands shake. A man imagines seeing and flashes back to another man, a woman and a young child in several scenes. A man refers to his wife getting a “diagnosis” and we understand that she died. A man says, “I felt like a ghost.” A man talks about the pain of losing his family in an accident. A man talks about being in a bar fight. We hear that a storm is predicted to become a cyclone and that a man will die in the wilderness.
 A man vomits (we see goo) and says that he drank too much. A man pours presumably dead lobsters (referred to as “cray”) into a hold in the ground as flies buzz around. We see a stain on a carpet, presumably where a woman died. A man limps and shows another man that he has a prosthetic leg. A man bandages a wound on his foot and moans loudly. A man eats something and spits it out (we see goo).


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Dirt Music LANGUAGE 8

 – About 33 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 8 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, mild obscenities, 3 references to Aboriginal people, name-calling (talkers, weird old day, muso, wreck, melon boy, black fella, dumb, normal, pigheaded, peg leg), exclamations (bugger it, bugger off), 2 religious exclamations (e.g. Good Lord, a child says that she “saw God today”). | profanity glossary |


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Dirt Music SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man takes a prescription pill and jokes about opening a pharmacy, and a woman takes a pill (seems OTC, or perhaps a pain reliever). A woman drinks a glass of wine, people in a bar are shown drinking beer and wine in a celebration, two young boys hold glasses of beer in a bar, a man says he’s drunk and goes to bed, people drink in a bar, a man drinks glasses of whiskey in a few scenes, a man drinks a glass of whiskey and a woman drinks a glass of wine, a man and woman drink a couple of beers, and a man offers a woman a drink and she accepts, asking for a vodka martini. A man smokes a cigarette.


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Dirt Music DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fitting in, death of family members, infidelity, small towns, loyalty, guilt, music, poaching.

Dirt Music MESSAGE

 – Life can have meaning again after a traumatic loss.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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