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"MUD"
(2013) (Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Moderate
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Moderate
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: Two young boys help a mysterious man on the run from bounty hunters in the Deep South.
PLOT:
In the Deep South, Ellis (TYE SHERIDAN) and Neckbone (JACOB LOFLAND) are two teenage boys who have all sorts of misadventures on the Mississippi River in Neckbone's small motorboat. One day, they come upon a small island on the river and decide to explore. They happen across Mud (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY), a drifter who carries a pistol, smokes cigarettes, and says he is waiting for a beautiful girl named Juniper (REESE WITHERSPOON) who has agreed to run away with him.

The boys soon learn that Mud is on the run from the law for killing a man who had impregnated Juniper, beat her up, and caused her to have a miscarriage. The dead man's wealthy father, King (JOE DON BAKER), and intimidating brother, Carver (PAUL SPARKS), have come to town with a pack of bounty hunters looking to get revenge. Ellis also discovers that Mud has a strange connection with his neighbor, Tom Blankenship (SAM SHEPARD), a former Marine sharpshooter who now likes to keep to himself.

Ellis is a romantic and vows to do all he can to reunite Mud and Juniper and get them to safety. He convinces Neckbone to help him steal boat parts, bring Mud food, and pass notes between Mud and Juniper who is holed up in a motel in town. At the same time, Ellis has to deal with the increased friction between his father, Senior (RAY McKINNON), and mother, Mary Lee (SARAH PAULSON); a crush he has on a local older girl named May Pearl (BONNIE STURDIVANT); and the potentially dangerous curiosity of Neckbone's Uncle Galen (MICHAEL SHANNON).

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Teenagers may have some interest with its two young leads.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some violence, sexual references, language, thematic material, and smoking.


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