Mud Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mud

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Relationships in murky waters.

  • Starring:

    Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Jacob Lofland, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks

  • Directed by:

    Jeff Nichols

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Domestic and sexual abuse. A woman is cut with a knife, choked, manhandled, threatened. A man describes pushing a pregnant woman down stairs causing miscarriage. Handguns fired in shootout, multiple fatalities and injuries. An animal is shot, rocks are thrown at animals. Men, teenagers, boys are shot, punched, pushed, shoved, butt-whipped. Property damage, stolen property. Arguing, shouting, screaming, door-slamming, violent outbursts. Child slips, falls into a creek, is bitten by a snake. Killing people, assassin mentioned. Drowning, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpses. Blood splatter, blood spots, bloody bullet wounds, snakebite. Bruising, black eye, swelling, bandages, tourniquet. Bloody fish heads.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A child reads a pornographic magazine. Infidelity. Teenage kissing. Children discuss sex with an adult, other children. Shirtless man. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, spirits), bar setting. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch, derogatory terms for females, slang for genitalia. Name-calling, bullying, teasing. Religious and occult references, religious exclamations. Gender, cultural, regional stereotypes. Obscene finger gesture.

  • THEMES:

    Marriage, relationships, fugitive, bounty hunting, love, heartbreak, rivers, houseboating, patriotism, faith, trust, divorce, forgiveness, coming-of-age.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital setting, river dragging. Miscarriage, divorce, separation, infidelity, flooding discussed. Snakes (black, cottonmouth), snake bites (seen and frequently mentioned), fish heads, fishing, open fires. Caught fish and rabbits sold. Lucky charms, evil spirits, lycanthropy discussed.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Heart-warming, engaging, charismatic, original, remarkable, suspenseful. Strong performances, especially by Matthew McConaughey. Excellent characterisation, script, storytelling, cinematography, authenticity.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Long, unevenly paced, under-developed sub-plots, moody.

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