Parents Guide: Lawless (2012) Sex & Nudity (6) Moderate; A man reaches inside a woman's shirt. The Bondurant brothers are brutal and take offenses to their family seriously. They thrust and it cuts to them lying together shortly. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, and Guy Pearce.. Families can talk about the way Lawless portrays alcohol and drinking. Common Sense and other associated names and logos are trademarks of Common Sense Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (FEIN: 41-2024986). Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. A man is punched a few times and pierced in the throat by a knuckle-duster, he is then punched in the forehead, some brief blood. Join now. Tom Hardy can be seen in Inception. A frightened and young-looking woman sits naked on a menacing man's bed. We won't share this comment without your permission. Does the story glorify criminality? The actor actually carries the film... this is one of the best gangster movies I've seen in a while and one of my top three faves, the only downside is that Gary oldman didn't have much scr... Lawless is an excellent thriller. - Infrequent breast and female frontal nudity shown in a non-sexual context. This movie revolves around making moonshine during Prohibition, so naturally there's a whole lot of drinking (frequently to excess). Wondering if Lawless is OK for your kids? Parents need to know that Lawless is a dark, history-based drama that's not age appropriate for younger viewers, even though teens of all ages might be drawn in by stars Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. A probably naked woman is sitting on a bed. Two men are briefly beaten by another man, they are punched and kicked, slight bloody noses are seen afterward. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. | Rape is implied but not shown (bruises are later evident). - Infrequent use of ethno-cultural and sexual slurs. Taglines A man's throat is slit offscreen, however blood leaks out of the wound for half a minute. She walks up to a man in bed who embraces her. Molly and Lawless John (1972) Parents Guide Add to guide . Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Family movie reviews, movie ratings, fun film party ideas and pop culture news — all with parents in mind. And because it was en vogue at the time, almost everyone smokes cigarettes, too. Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. © Common Sense Media. Despite her checkered past, Maggie is almost maternal toward Jack and takes care of the brothers. Plot Keywords. They live or die in a relentless hail of gunfire. Its characters live by a barbaric code that countenances murder. Several scenes involving the drinking or handling of alcohol. The women of the drama -- Mia Wasikowska as Bertha, the beautiful but religious girl Jack fancies, and Jessica Chastain as Maggie, a former city girl with an irresistible attraction to the quietly fierce Forrest -- are fantastic but among several underdeveloped characters. - Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with detail, blood and tissue damage. A man hits another man's face with his gun and fists several times. All rights reserved. Outlaw brothers wage war in violent Prohibition drama. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. The lower half of his face is seen bloodied for about half a minute. A man hits another man across the face with a shovel. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. - Frequent depictions of beating, shooting, stabbing, throat-slitting and mutilation. A man is castrated, a lot of blood is shown with some screaming. Several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "motherf---er," "c--k," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," "ass," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation). Lawless is rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. Why is Lawless rated R? It's implied that Maggie gets raped by two men. Your privacy is important to us. Plot Summary A man is shot twice and then stabbed in the back, the scene is very dark so nothing can be seen in detail. How did Prohibition affect the inhabitants of Franklin County? They're dangerous outlaws, but the brothers are incredibly loyal to each other, and Jack is very gentlemany toward Bertha, even though clearly his brothers wouldn't have cared if he'd tried to bed her. The classic tale of a Mafia family, violence and all. Suggest an update to this review. - Partial and full nudity shown in a sexual situation. Like the recent "Killer Joe," I can only admire this film's craftsmanship and acting, and regret its failure to rise above them. And, because of the time period the movie is set in, there are also racist insults like "cracker," "hick," "negro," "hillbilly," "inbreeds," "mountain boys," etc. Most of the violence is rather subdued, with the main exception being a brief, offscreen torture scene. Release date August 29, 2012. Lawless (2012) Parents Guide Add to guide . Australian director John Hillcoat (The Road) has emerged as a specialist in dark, violent stories that explore family relationships under extreme circumstances. Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. | Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. See our. The MPA rated Lawless R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. The star rating reflects overall quality. A probably naked woman is sitting on a bed. There are no truly "good" and "bad" characters in this movie. Lawless incorporates the dysfunctional sibling relationships from Hillcoat's excellent but ultraviolent 2005 drama The Proposition, but with considerably more loving -- if unaffectionate -- brothers. Why is Lawless rated R? There's lots of intense, cringe-inducing violence (including bloody scenes of torture, references to rape, and much shooting and brawling) and two scenes of nudity (one is sexual and one is menacing), as well as frequent use of strong language (including "f--k," racial epithets, and more). We later see the man covered in tar and feathers. For most of the movie, there's little more than long gazes between two of the brothers and their respective love interests. Signup for the Parent Previews Newsletter! Depp scores as Depression-era robber, but lots of violence. Every major character is nearly killed, and there's a body count from all the cops-versus-moonshiners-versus-gangsters fighting. Movie Reviews Made Especially For Parent and Family Magazines. We were unable to submit your evaluation. Here's the positive thing about "Lawless": it won't make you hate Shia LaBeouf more than you already do. This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards: - Upsetting and disturbing scenes that may have an adverse psychological impact. There's a legend about the brothers being indestructible: The oldest, Howard (Jason Clarke), was the only soldier to return from his unit in the war, middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) survived a bout with the deadly Spanish Flu, and baby brother Jack (Shia La Beouf) wants to be a bigger player in the family business. A nude woman is briefly seen running, nudity can be made out, but there is no detail. Since appearing in Inception, Hardy has quickly emerged as one of the most effectively intense actors working today, and he outacts LaBeouf despite saying very little (he grunts more than he speaks, and when he does speak, he's usually slurring a Southern drawl). Thank you for your support. Like in The Proposition, Lawless is a movie in which arguments are resolved with guns and fists, where the law can be evil (Pearce is practically perfect as the preening psychopath agent), and your blood and your name are ultimately what define you.