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Slow West | 2015 | R | - 2.6.5

In the late 19th century a 16-year-old boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) travels from Scotland to the American West in search of the young woman he loves. Along the way he meets a bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) who agrees to help him across the untamed territories. Also with Ben Mendelsohn, Rory McCann, Alex Macqueen, Brooke Williams and Caren Pistorius. Directed by John Maclean. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A teenage girl kisses a teenage boy on the cheek. A teenage girl straddles a teenage boy lying on the ground and he grabs her hands tenderly.
 A man asks a teen boy, "You haven't bedded her have you?" and the boy replies, "No." We hear that a 16-year-old boy leaves his home in Scotland and travels to America where he hopes to find his love.
 A dead man's bare buttocks are seen when his pants are pulled down partially (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man holds a gun on a shop owner and asks for money, then hits him in the head with the gun, and the shop owner shoots the man and a woman shoots the shop owner (blood pools under both bodies on the floor); a teen boy then shoots the woman who is threatening another man with her gun (the armed robbers' young children are seen waiting outside the shop). A man prepares to shoot a man from a great distance and does (we see the man fall limp to the ground (we see blood on the ground and on the wound). A teenage boy is shot in the chest and we see blood on the wound and in his mouth as he dies. A flaming arrow is shot into a small wheat field where gunmen are hiding and they are shot as they run out of the flames. A teenage boy shoots a man and he falls dead. A man shoots another man in the shoulder and then the leg (we see blood and he is immobilized).
 Many gunmen and a teenage girl shoot up a house where the girl and a man are hiding; we see several men shot and we see their bloody wounds and some splatter. Three men chase three Native Americans and shoot at them as they push past a teenage boy until another man shoots one of the gunmen in the head (we see a bloody bullet wound). Many dead bodies are shown with blood on the ground and on their wounds after a shootout.
 A teen boy riding through a burned out forest is confronted by Native Americans; one Native American shoots an arrow that pierces the boy's hand (he screams and we see blood and the arrow sticking through the boy's hand), a man breaks the arrow off and pulls it out as the boy screams again and we see the Native Americans steal the man and the boy's horses; they ride away but are thrown and crash into trees (they are immobilized).
 A man strikes a teenage girl in the face, her father pushes the man and the man falls to the ground, hitting his head on a rock (we see blood and understand that he is dead). A man hears a gunshot and sees a man standing over what looks like a dead body; the second man shoots the first man in the back and then realizes that what looked like a dead body was a bear.
 A teenage boy lunges at a man who holds him off and the teen slumps to the ground and falls asleep. A man ties a teenage boy's hands behind him and around a tree.
 A man and a teenage boy fall asleep and wake up to a raging river washing over them; heavy rains have fallen and the water is washing away all their possessions while someone has taken their weapons. A man cocks his weapon after he hears a noise in the distance.
 We see the skeleton of a man pinned under a tree that he was apparently cutting down. A teen boy rides through a burned out forest where we see the remains of tee pees and we see the boy and his horse covered with soot. A man and a teen boy find the skeleton of a large animal and have to move the bones so they can pass.
 A teen boy accidentally hits his gun against a tree and is discharges (no one is harmed). A man uses a large knife to shave a teenage boy and instructs him on how it is done. A teen girl hides a teen boy under her bed when several other people come into the house. A teenage boy accidentally stumbles into the camp of another party and they tease him that his party left him.
 A man says that another man would ..."knife you in the heart if there was a dollar in it." A man says, "We'll hunt the natives down." A man finds his teenager at a teenage girl's home and yells at him saying, "These people are peasants." A man tells a teenage boy that his parents are dead. A man says, "What's the point of dying if they don't know you're dead." A teenage boy tells a man, "I'll Kill You."
 A man trips and falls on the ground (he is drunk). A teen age boy and a teenage girl play a game called 1000 ways to die and the girl pantomimes shooting the boy with a bow and arrow causing him to tumble down a hill and pretend he is dead a the bottom. A teen boy lies on the ground and points a handgun toward the sky as he pretends to shoot.
 A dead man's bare buttocks are seen caked with feces when his pants are pulled down partially (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man urinates on the floor and we see the stream. A teen boy says that he needs to urinate and leaves a camp (we hear a trickle).


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 7 scatological terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (boy, [derogatory term for Native American deleted] slayers, desperado, brute, mean), 2 religious profanities (GD), 3 religious exclamations (For God's Sake, Heaven's Above, Lord).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man with a cigar in his mouth and a bottle of absinthe enters another man's camp and pours two glasses of the alcohol that he shares with the man and a teenage boy (they both appear to be drunk later). A man smokes a cigarette, and a man is shown with a cigar in his mouth in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, unrequited love, accidental murder, violence, suffering, dreams, toil, evolution, natural selection, loneliness, survival, respect, bounty hunters, superstition.

MESSAGE - Love and death are universal.

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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.

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