Dallas Buyers Club Sunday, 22 September 2019

Dallas Buyers Club

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, drug use and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Good buy.

  • Starring:

    Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn, Michael O'Neill, Dallas Roberts, Griffin Dunne, Kevin Rankin

  • Directed by:

    Jean-Marc Vallée

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

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

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are thrown through the air, gored (bull), punched, electrocuted, grabbed, near-choked, pushed, shoved, dragged, trapped (crushed) beneath machinery, threatened, pursued. Object shot. Theft, attempted bribery, impersonation, forgery. Animal testing (infecting animals). A news report mentions arrests of hundreds of demonstrators. Yelling. Blood/gore: Bloody chin, neck, teeth, arm, forehead. Blood spray, bleeding, coughing blood, dripping blood. Bandage. Bruises, lesions. Needle marks on skin, injections (needles seen inserted in skin). Background picture of a surgery being performed. Symptoms/side-effects discussed (blood on lungs, peeling skin, headaches, chronic memory loss, impotence).

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Public threesomes, couples seen having sex (in public, the shower). Kissing (male-female; male-male; female-female). Flirting, provocative dancing, masturbation, grinding, bum-grabbing, crotch-grabbing, caressing, voyeurism. Pornographic magazines and videos. Half-naked women, exposed breasts, topless women, women in lingerie/bra, cleavage, women in underwear. Naked man (side view), shirtless men (poster), half-naked man (genitals seen). STDs (chlamydia, crabs) mentioned. Erectile dysfunction mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Cocaine use (frequent), pharmaceutical drugs, interferon, anti-interferon. Mixing drugs and alcohol. Drug trafficking, drug dealing. AZT drug trials. Methamphetamine, EZT, PDC, Peptide-T, morphine mentioned. Self-medication (needles). Gambling. Smoking. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Hallucinations.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words (frequent), s-words, a-words. Name-calling. Slang for genitalia. Religious exclamations, references and expletives. Obscene finger gestures. Homophobic language and slurs. Misogyny, racism. Cultural stereotypes. Sexual slang.

  • THEMES:

    Terminal illness, HIV, AIDS, disease, death, workplace accidents, drugs, promiscuity, treatment, rodeo, symptoms, life expectancy, survival, desperation, animal testing, human trials, virus, approved drugs, FDA, discrimination, transvestites, pneumonia, homophobia, activism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital, rodeo, court, club settings. Medical procedures/scenes: fainting, IV drips, very sick children, coughing, heart attack, collapse, patients on stretchers. Cancer, blood transfusions mentioned. Abandonment (by mother), eviction notice, suicide reference. Bulls, moths. Spitting, urination. Animal testing. High pitched noise heard. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Bold, drastic, persuasive, moving, educational, riveting, inspiring, unsentimental, powerful, enlightening, unmissable, relatable, vital, deserving, proactive, entertaining, uplifting, real, sardonic. Meticulously researched, terrific performances, tight budget, convincing period details, surprising script, fluent direction, terrific cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Myopic, imperfect, saccharine, shallow. A little choppy. 

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