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"BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD"
(2012) (Quvenzhane Wallis, Dwight Henry) (PG-13)


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


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A 6-year-old girl, her occasionally abusive but protective father and their fellow outcast friends must contend with changes that nature is sending their way.
PLOT:
In an impoverished coastal area of Louisiana known to the locals as "the bathtub" -- due to being the lowest point of ground around and surrounded by water and levees -- 6-year-old Emma a.k.a. Hushpuppy (QUVENZHANE WALLIS) is a young girl living among squalor. With her mother dead and her father, Wink (DWIGHT HENRY), ailing, she's quickly learned how to fend for herself in their makeshift home.

Fascinated by all of the nature surrounding her, guided by her belief that everything in the universe is interconnected, and informed by her teacher that it could all unravel at any moment, she's determined to fix things. And namely that would be to get her occasionally abusive yet protective father healthy again. Like his fellow outcast friends in the bayou, he's fiercely independent and wants no outside help, and he's just as prone to yell and strike out at his daughter as he is to teach her his way of surviving in their shrinking world.

But the environment is changing and that sends various dangers headed their way. Beyond her father's failing health, Hushpuppy must also contend with prehistoric aurochs that have been unleashed from their icy grip to the aftermath of a storm that fills up the bathtub with floodwaters.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some teens might be intrigued by it, but it's unlikely a lot of kids will be flocking to see this.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For thematic material including child imperilment, some disturbing images, language and brief sensuality.


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