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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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They have a plan...but not a clue.

Aug 30,2000

Hollywood Movies | Adventure | Comedy | Action

Ratings: 7.1 / 10 from

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Length: 106 Minute(s)
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. On their journey they come across many comical characters and incredible situations. Based upon Homer's 'Odyssey'.
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Movie Parental Guide

nudity Sirens seduce the the three male characters, but nothing graphic is shown. The sirens are seductively bathing in a river. They are fully clothed with some tears in their dresses and some cleavage shown. There is talk of one of the men "fornicating" with one of the sirens.
violence One of the protagonists throws a torch thrown by the police right back at them, landing in hay near an Armored Ammunition Vehicle, which causes the bullets and guns to set off. A bank gets robbed. A man is sentenced to death. A man shots at police and cows (little blood) A car runs over a cow Two men get beaten by a man with a big stick, (little blood) A man squishes a frog in his hand, killing it, then throws it away. Pete is whipped by the sheriff's men in an attempt to find out where the other two men are. (very little blood) A large burning crucifix falls on a crowd of KKK members, killing one in particular(off screen) There is a fist fight between two men (unrealistic). One of the men is later hurled out of the store as a result by the propeteer. A surge of water engulfs a house and farm land, killing several men.
profanity Hell is used. SOB is used throughout the movie. The word n_gger is used. D_mn is used regularly in the first half hour. God D_mn_t is used once in the burning barn as well as several times by various characters including Everrett, a radio executive, and Papi O'Dannel (the incumbent governor of Mississippi). Ass is also used a few times (also the use of Smart-ass at least once). Also, Papist is also used once (Papist is a slur towards someone who is Roman Catholic) One character gets baptized, and another character makes fun at him for his beliefs. He also makes light of an off-screen incident in which another character sells his soul to the Devil.
alcohol A woman makes a man drink from a container that could appear to contain alcohol. Governor chews on a cigar.
frightening A number of death threats are made but never carried out, some police brutality, most of it is in a funny way so it isnt too intense. The KKK rally could be disturbing to some viewers. Much of the violence, while presented in a comedic fashion, is extremely dark/warped/disturbing. There is also an instance where the African-American guitarist discusses how he "sold his soul to the devil" in order to gain his musical abilities. One a related note, the movie also heavily implies that the police chief is Satan himself. Though played for humor, some children might find the skewered and roasted gophers disturbing.

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