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Pig | 2021 | R | – 0.5.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Pig” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and some violence.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a man being struck and beaten and left with bloody facial and head wounds, a scene of a fight club with people being punched, a pig being kidnapped and squealing loudly, some yelling and arguments, and nearly 30 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


A truffle hunter (Nicolas Cage) living in an isolated cabin in an Oregon forest has as his sole companion a foraging pig. When his pig is stolen, he returns to Portland trying to find it amongst the town’s haute cuisine suppliers and restaurateurs. Also with Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin, Cassandra Violet, Julia Bray, Elijah Ungvary, Beth Harper, Brian Sutherland and David Shaughnessy. Directed by Michael Sarnoski. [Running Time: 1:32]

Pig SEX/NUDITY 0

 – None.

Pig VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A man is shown with dried blood on his head and face and a bloody gash on his cheek through most of the film.
 A pig grumbles at the door of a cabin and a man tries to settle it; someone kicks the door open knocking the man to the floor and they wrap the pig in a tarp (we hear the pig screaming wildly); the man gets up and is struck hard in the head knocking him unconscious and he revives with his head in a pool of drying blood (we hear squishing sounds when he sits up).
 A man is punched hard in the face several times, then in the stomach and he falls to the floor where he is punched several more times (we hear the blows); the wounded man picks himself up off the floor and drools a stream of blood and he has a very bloody nose and mouth. Two men climb through a hole in a wall, down a flight of stairs and through a dark passage where they find people gathered and a man with his hands behind his back as another man punches him and others bet on the fight and cheer; the man being struck falls to the floor and we hear several more punches and he is picked up and carried away.
 A man becomes enraged and he yells and kicks a man’s car (we see scuffs and a dent on the car later). A man steals a bike off a porch and grumbles at another man that he passes on the sidewalk. A man shoves a pig out of the way and curses at it when he arrives in a car and tries to walk toward a man in a cabin. A man falls to his knees grieving when he is told that a pig is dead.
 A man yells at another man and tells him to leave his house. A man yells at another man. A man tells another man, “I will chop that pig up into bacon.” A man speaks to a woman on life support and says, “I wish dad would just let you die.” A man tells another man, “You have no value. You don’t even exist anymore.” A man says, “We don’t get a lot of things to really care about.” A man talks about his mother having committed suicide. A man talks about his parents going on date nights and that they would usually come back arguing. A man asks for a woman in a roadside restaurant and he is told that she died 10 years ago. A man predicts that an earthquake would cause most of a city to be destroyed and that a wave 10 stories high would leave everyone at the bottom of the ocean. A man cries after tasting some food and leaves the room. A man says that if he weren’t told that someone was dead, she’d still be alive in his head. A man tells another man living in a remote cabin, “I don’t want to drive up and find you dead.” A man suggests that another man living in a remote cabin get a portable shower or a phone (it is implied that the man is dirty and smells bad).
 A man walks along a road and a car passes and honks at him. A man fills a pickup truck’s gas tank and starts the vehicle, drives a short distance and the truck stalls. A mausoleum is shown with plaques on the walls.
 Coyotes howl in the distance around an isolated cabin in the woods. We see animal carcasses on hooks being pushed through a meat locker (open chest and abdominal cavities are seen). A piece of paper has a bloody fingerprint on it. A man uses a knife to dig up a bit of dirt or fungus and eats some of it from the blade. A pig nuzzles in the ground and a man digs up a truffle. Two men prepare two small birds for a meal and we see the men pressing large knives against the skinned birds’ backs, and then cutting off the legs and wings.

Pig LANGUAGE 7

 – About 28 F-words and its derivatives, 8 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, name-calling (shocker, sick, mopey, terrible, psycho, tweaked out, the junkies), exclamations (wo, shut-up, yo), 3 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, My God). | profanity glossary |

Pig SUBSTANCE USE

 – Two men drink wine in a restaurant, a man drinks a glass of whiskey, and three men drink wine with a meal. A man smokes a cigarette outside a restaurant.

Pig DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Isolation, loneliness, death of loved ones, poaching, reputation, respect, suicide, expectations, dreams, supportive parents, fight clubs.

Pig MESSAGE

 – Supplying high-end restaurants in Portland with rare culinary ingredients is a ruthless business.

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