Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) Sunday, 05 April 2020

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Welcome to Ebbing, Missouri.

  • Starring:

    Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Caleb Landry Jones, Kerry Condon, Abbie Cornish, Lucas Hedges, Sandy Martin, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Samara Weaving

  • Directed by:

    Martin McDonagh

  • Running time:

    115 minutes

  • Rated:

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


    Suicide (gunshot). People are thrown through a second-storey window, drilled with a dental drill, spat on, shirt-grabbed, punched, threatened, flicked with cereal, throat-grabbed, held up against a wall, pistol-whipped, kicked, accidentally set alight, scratched. A woman frequently discusses her daughters abduction/rape/murder. Crime scene photos of burned body. Molotov cocktails thrown into building/set alight; explosion. A son holds a knife to his abusive parent's throat. Bar fight. A man overhears another man describing a possible rape and murder. A youth throws a can of soda at a car windshield. Several mentions of a policeman torturing a black male while in custody. Table knocked over, window/glass door smashed, furniture thrown, object thrown/smashed, burning objects. "Killing faggots", dead kids mentioned. Characters say "torturing black dudes", "then kill 'em","shoot up a place or stab a guy", "kick your Momma's teeth in", "Dad beat the shit out of me", "I'll blow your goddamn head off", "I hope you get raped". Yelling, screaming, door slam, arguing. Blood/gore: Corpse on ground (suicide). Burned/scarred face. Crime scene photos of burned victim. Chunk of skin removed from beneath fingernail. A character coughs blood over another person. Drawing blood. Vial full of blood thrown against wall (blood and gore seen on wall). Bloody hole seen in thumbnail. Bloody chin, head, body, face, nose, clothing, scratches, mouth, hand. A character's gum is injected with novocaine (dental surgery). Man on stretcher, bandaged head, arm and leg in plaster cast, people in hospital beds. Pancreatic cancer mentioned.


    Cleavage, flirting. A man leads his wife into the bushes (sex implied). A husband kisses his wife. Frequent discussions about a girl who was abducted/murdered and "raped while dying". A character says "f*cking an altar boy" to a priest. A woman's ex-husband is in a relationship with a much younger woman.


    Novocaine injection (dental). Alcohol (beer, spirits, wine, shots). Intoxication. Vials of pills seen on table. Smoking. Bar setting. Smoking pot, possession of two marijuana cigarettes, marijuana violations, drinking problem mentioned. Grown up children confront a parent about driving drunk when they were younger. A child asks, "Is Mommy drunk?"


    C-words, f-words, s-words, p*ss, anus, crap, pee, c*ck, balls. Name-calling (retards, a**hole, punk, genius, idiot, midget, snotty little child, communist, faggot, smarta**, stupid, fat boy, n*gger, fags, ex-wifebeater, b*tch, hypocrite, crazy lady, Fruit Loop boy, f*ckhead, fat little Mexican boy, pigs, lazy b*tch, scumbags, dipsh*t, sh*tgirl, dwarf, etc). Religious references and exclamations (what the hell, goddamn, Jesus, God, Heaven, oh my God, for Christ sake, etc).


    Justice, grief, suicide, advertising, small-town America, rape, crime, culpability, terminal illness, police investigations, bigotry, revenge, built, forgiveness, community.


    Dead husband/father. Dead daughter/sister discussed. Dead father mentioned. Job loss. A character is treated for cancer. Suicide notes. Horses, deer, turtle, fishing, beetle. Spitting, vomiting.


    Bold, showboating, uproarious, robust, violent, freewheeling, soaring, satisfying, gut-twisting, cinder-black, multi-layered, rewarding, accomplished, nihilistic, compassionate, funny, grim, unpredictable, corrosive, original, ballsy, quirky. Commanding/powerhouse/impressive/cranky/nuanced/heartbreaking/profane/scorching performance by Frances McDormand, blistering/delightful/affecting performances from supporting cast, rich/brassy/virtuosic/ingenious screenwriting, gallows humour, shop cinematography, unfussy production design, flavourful/distinctly American score, super song choices, bold ending.


    Uneven tone may frustrate some viewers.

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