No Country for Old Men [2007] [R] - 1.9.5

 
 

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Ethan & Joel Coen direct this screen adaptation of the eponymous Cormac McCarthy novel: It's the early 1980s and in West Texas a psychopathic killer (Javier Bardem) is looking for a briefcase full of money, while the local man (Josh Brolin) who found the money after stumbling onto a drug deal gone bad, is trying to make sure he's not discovered. Also with Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Beth Grant and Garret Dillahunt. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and wife lie in bed together (he is bare-chested) and she is asleep. A boy removes his shirt (we see him bare-chested). We see a man bare-chested and wrapped around the waist with a towel. We see a man sitting naked in a bathtub (we see his bare legs). We see a man in a hospital gown in a couple of scenes (we see his bare legs below the knees).
 A husband tells his wife, using a crude term, that he is going to punish her for talking by having sex with her (it appears to be in a joking manner). A woman invites a man to join her for beer and he says he's married and he knows where beer leads.

VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man wearing handcuffs strangles another man to death in an extended scene, and he seems to be enjoying the act: we see the victim thrashing and gagging and the chain eventually cuts through the skin and blood spurts from the wound (afterward we see the floor with many scuff marks from his struggle and we see the bruised wrists of the killer).
 A man with a gun breaks into a room, shoots a man (blood sprays on the wall and the man moans), another man with a gun is shot (blood sprays) and a third man hiding in a bathtub is also shot (blood sprays on the shower curtain).
 A man is shot in the head with a pressurized gas canister (we see a hole in the victim's head). A man is shot in the head and another in the chest and they fall back to the ground dead (blood spurts). A man is shot in the face and neck (blood spurts and sprays and he gurgles and sputters).
 A man is shot at, he hides under a truck, then runs and is chased by men in a car; he runs toward a river, he is shot in the shoulder and chased through the water by a large guard dog that attacks him when they get to shore, but the man manages to shoot the dog in the chest (we see the bloody bullet hole, the dog lies whimpering on the ground and its leg twitches).
 A man with a shotgun sits inside a room, and a man outside the room shoots the lock off the door: the lock strikes the seated man in the side (we see blood pouring from the wound several times), and he in turn fires his gun, jumps out the window landing hard on the ground, stops a truck, gets in it, and the truck driver is shot through the back of the neck and then the head (he gurgles, spurts a lot of blood, and dies); the man speeds away in the truck but crashes into another car, gets out and shoots at the man who's chasing him (we see a trail of blood).
 We see several dead bodies in a desert, in several scenes, and each time the bodies are slightly more decayed; one man is dead inside a car with blood and glass on and around him, and another man is badly wounded but still alive in another car and we also see a dog with bloody bullet wounds and there are guns strewn on the ground.
 A man with a bloody leg wound removes his pants, climbs into a bathtub (the water turns red from the blood), we see one large hole in his leg and several smaller ones, he injects himself with pain medication and removes pieces of metal from the wound; we then see his leg bandaged.
 A man drives through an intersection and is struck hard by another car (the driver seems either dead or unconscious) and the man limps away from the accident with bloody wounds (we see a bit of bone protruding from an arm wound).
 We hear gunfire from a distance, we hear screaming and see a car racing away from a hotel; we then see a dead body floating in a pool with blood around it, a very bloody and wounded man on the ground and another dead man in a hotel room with blood on his chest. We see a dead man with a bloody abdominal wound sitting by a tree. We see a dead body in a morgue with a body bag covering it to the shoulders. We see an open bay truck with several bodies wrapped in black plastic.
 A man with very bloody wounds walks along a roadway, he drinks from a beer and vomits (we see goo and hear him gagging). We see a man's bloody shoulder wound after having been shot. A man has bloody abrasions on his feet.
 A man with a gun leads another man into a hotel room, they talk, one man is shot, and the upholstery stuffing from the chair where the man sits sprays into the air and blood pools on the floor.
 We see a trail of blood on the ground and a dog limping away. A man takes aim at an antelope and fires (we see the animal limp briefly and run away). A man shoots at a bird on the side of a bridge (the bird flies away unharmed).
 It is implied that an elderly woman has been killed and another woman is killed (we do not see the murders). Two men have an uncomfortable and tense conversation and it appears that if not for a lucky flip of a coin that one of the men would have ended up killing the other one.
 A man talks about a couple torturing elderly people and killing them for their Social Security checks. We hear a voice-over describing a young man having killed a 14-year-old girl and that the young man was executed in the electric chair. A man talks about the possibility that another man will kill his wife. A man talks about a man having been shot down on his front porch. A man talks about a man trying to kill a steer and that when the steer thrashed, the man shot it, and the bullet ricocheted and struck the man in the shoulder. A man talks about how cattle are slaughtered with a pressurized air canister that shoots a rod into the animal's brain and then retracts it. A man makes a remark about someone digging around in a bullet wound with a pocketknife to remove a bullet. A man reprimands another man for hitchhiking. A man makes a racist remark about people of Mexican heritage. A woman complains that she has cancer.
 A man is placed in handcuffs and arrested. A police officer with a gun drawn enters a trailer and searches for a man (nothing happens).
 A man ignites a cloth placed in the gas tank of a car and causes an explosion (no one appears to be harmed). We see an abandoned car burning in the desert.
 We see people grieving at a funeral. A man steals items and medications from a pharmacy. A man buys a gun and prepares for a confrontation with someone who is trying to kill him.
 A man spits into a bucket (could be tobacco juice).

PROFANITY 5 - 2 F-words, 2 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, 15 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb), 3 religious profanities, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see the back end of a truck filled with drugs. A man drinks a beer in a few scenes, and a woman smokes a cigarette and drinks a beer (we also see empty beer bottles around her). A man smokes a cigarette and a man spits into a bucket (could be tobacco juice).

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drug trafficking, bad choices, good deeds, racism, murder for hire, psychopathic killers, cost of revenge, cancer.

MESSAGE - Life is random.

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