Winterís Bone

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +4

Content: -2

Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes. Drama. Written by Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini. Directed by Debra Granik.

FILM SYNOPSIS: 17-year-old girl, raising her little brother and sister in the Ozark Mountains, must search for her derelict father who has put up their home as collateral for bail.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Poignant and moving, this well-acted, nicely paced drama concerns nobleness Ė the love of family and the need to face responsibility no matter the odds. Young Jennifer Lawrence will surely be recognized come Oscar nomination time and John Hawkes, playing her uncle, eventually becomes a three-dimensional character, going from drug-addicted thug to caring, wounded soul. Itís a film about living with and in desperation, but somewhere within there is hope.

Caution: please read the filmís content, for while the story is about important issues, it does contain some objectionable material.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around fifteen obscenities, most the f- and s-words.

Profanity: One profane use of Godís name and one of Christís, both by the lead.

Violence: At one point, the girlís life is threatened; she is beaten up, the beating taking place off screen; a man has been killed off camera; a girl must bring in evidence that her father is dead in order to keep her house; to do this, she must retrieve the body; she is taken to a swamp and another woman cuts off the hands from the corpse; it is a gruesome scene. Blood: Some blood around the girlís mouth after her beating.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: The mountain folk grow pot and give the heroine some, though we do not see her smoke it; outlaws make illegal moonshine, it becomes a dangerous business.

Other: Thereís a sense of desperation throughout; the menfolk treat their women badly.

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature viewers

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