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Montana Story | 2022 | R | – 0.3.6

content-ratingsWhy is “Montana Story” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “for language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a man on life support throughout the movie, a description of a father beating his teenage daughter with resulting injuries, descriptions of a death after a car accident, a few arguments, and over 10 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


After their father has a stroke and is left in a coma, his two estranged children (Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague) return to their Montana ranch to try to make sense of their damaged relationships before it’s too late. Also with Gilbert Owuor, Kimberly Guerrero, Eugene Brave Rock and Asivak Koostachin. Directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel. [Running Time: 1:54]

Montana Story SEX/NUDITY 0

 – A young man refers to unsuccessful relationships.

Montana Story VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A man is shown in a coma throughout the movie and we hear that he had a stroke; he is on life support machines and monitors that beep throughout. A man uses a handheld bag to help a man breathe when the power goes out and the patient seems to have a heart attack; a young woman continues on the bag while the aide performs chest compressions to get him stabilized.
 A young man talks about his father beating his sister one night and that she ran away and the man killed her horse that same night; we hear that the man broke the young woman’s nose and ribs and separated her shoulder. A young woman tells an aide, “Don’t leave me alone with him,” referring to her father. An aide tells a young woman that her father will not wake up. We hear about a car accident that killed a woman. We hear about unscrupulous acts on the part of a lawyer for a mining company and a government oversight cover-up. We hear that a woman died in childbirth. The power goes out in a house and monitors and life support systems fail; a young man tries to find a backup generator to get them started again. A young man and a young woman argue about putting a horse down and after the young man tries to justify his decision, she says, “Let’s just kill him then.” A man talks to a young man about an old horse and that he should be put down. A young man arranges to sell a ranch and a car when his father dies; he meets with a lawyer that advises him that there will be little left after the sale. A young man says that he found a horse in a pool of its own blood with a bullet in its head. We hear several news reports about the environmental impact of mining, pollution and invasive plants. A young woman tells a young man that his car smells like high school. A young woman says, “I feel sick.”
 A fallen tree is shown after it crashed through a fence. A truck breaks down on an isolated two-lane road. A young woman panics when she returns home and thinks that her father has already died before she got there.
 A young woman kills a chicken by slitting its throat, it flaps around and eventually dies; she collects the blood in a bowl and prepares the bird for a meal. A bird defecates on a car’s windshield (we see the goo) and a young man hurries to wipe it off. A young man syphons gas from a vehicle and spits some out.

Montana Story LANGUAGE 6

 – About 11 F-words, 3 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (shrunken, pathetic, sleaze ball, crazy person, coward, last, afterthought, old, dumb, sentimental horsey girl, stupid), exclamations (calm down, jeez), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, oh my Lord, God, Jesus). | profanity glossary |

Montana Story SUBSTANCE USE

 – A young man smokes in a couple of scenes, and a young woman smokes. Three people drink wine with a meal.

Montana Story DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Estranged families, abuse, cover-ups, environmental issues, pity, strokes, lies, betrayal, cruelty, secrets, farm to table restaurants, toxic waste, mining, Dante’s Inferno and the circles of hell.

Montana Story MESSAGE

 – It takes effort to repair broken families.

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