American Honey (2016) Sunday, 05 April 2020

American Honey (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language, sex scenes and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Star viewing.

  • Starring:

    Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Crystal Ice, Veronica Ezell, Chad Cox, Garry Howell, Kenneth Kory Tucker, Raymond Coalson, Isaiah Stone, Dakota Powers, Shawna Rae Moseley

  • Directed by:

    Andrea Arnold

  • Running time:

    163 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot at, tackled, slapped, attacked (off-screen/yelling/car-screeching heard), pushed/forced into a swimming pool, stomped on. People playfight, wrestle. Onlookers cheer on two men fighting. Trashed room. A child stabs an uncooked roasting chicken (bulging flesh, bloody water). Stolen car/jewellery. A story is heard about a woman who was attacked by meth heads/raped/killed/buried. A teen explains his teeth are missing because he was hit by a car as a child. Fathers killed in Afghanistan/Iraq, hunting/shooting turkey mentioned. Yelling, arguing, howling. A song lyric says "I kill children". Blood/gore: Bloody clothing, face, fingers, grass, shoes, tampon.


    Couples have (realistic) sex in the car, in a field, against a van (m-m). An 18-year-old girl escorts/masturbates a man in return for cash. A male inserts his fingers inside a female then sniffs them to determine whether she has had sex with another man. A man calling himself Daddy gropes a young female in his care. Men seen in hotel room with female (threesome implied). Orgasms, kissing, caressing, flirting, undressing, bum-squeezing, neck-licking. Full male nudity, exposed breast, female crotch area seen, mooning (male bum), shirtless males, woman in skimpy bikini, skimpy clothing, cleavage. Provocative dancing. A man rubs sunscreen over a woman's body. Sexual-themed banter and jokes. Porn mags, prostitutes mentioned. References to ejaculate, erection.


    Drugs (smoking bongs/cones/joints; marijuana leaf symbols on clothing/objects). Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, mescal). Bar setting. Intoxication. Smoking (drugs, cigarettes). Get you drunk, crack, sell dope, acid, stoner, get high, mother died from meth, ecstasy, meth heads mentioned.


    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, butt, b*tch. Name-calling (stupid, paedophile, etc). Slang for genitals. Religious references, exclamations (God, damn, God's a c*nt) and jokes. Obscene finger gesture.


    Youth, misfits, counter-culture, rural America, survival, road trips, friendship, money, independence, identity, coming-of-age, new girls, lower class/welfare families, door-to-door selling, jealousy.


    Abandoned/estranged children. Sifting through trash for food, sleeping rough. Mum with cancer, dead mothers mentioned. Tongue-poking. Dogs, moths, spider, tadpoles, cockatoo (caged), frog, bee, bird, sugar glider, bear, horses, cat, grasshopper, fireflies. Urination. Fireworks. Spam eaten, mescal worm swallowed, cooking steaks. Shot in 4:3 ratio. Loosely based on "For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews" by Ian Urbina (The New York Times, 2007).


    Astonishing, devastating, fresh, rapturous, scuzzy, electrifying, open-ended, backwater, unwashed, ravishing, scrappy, sprawling, sensual, grimy, fascinating, magisterial, worthwhile, immersive, poignant, unsentimental, penetrating, bold, intoxicating, atmospheric, intriguing. Striking/riveting/astonishing/magnetic performances, electric/enticing chemistry between Sasha Lane and Shia LeBeouf, breathtaking/astounding/stunning/rich/sensual/startling/vivid/terrific/sun-soaked cinematography by Robbie Ryan, beautiful/wild editing, exhilarating/remarkable soundtrack, largely non-professional cast.


    Intentionally exhausting/meandering/plotless/patchy/overlong; won't be for everybody. Some improv-ish dialogue, a little episodic/clichéd.

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