Based on the true story of a 73-year-old man who drives his
riding lawnmower from Iowa to Wisconsin to make amends with his estranged brother. With
Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Jane Heitz, Everett McGill, Jennifer Edwards, Barbara E.
Robertson, John Farley, John Lordan and Harry Dean Stanton. Directed by David Lynch. [1:51]
SEX/NUDITY 0 - A husband and wife give each other a quick kiss; he then puts
his arm around her waist and she playfully slaps his hand away. We see a shirtless man's
shoulders after he's been examined by a doctor.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We hear a thud, then later see a man lying on the floor
(he's not injured). We hear a car horn and a thud, then see the front of a wrecked car and
a dead deer lying in front of it (no blood is seen; we later see a man eating what is
probably deer meat and the deer's antlers attached to the front of a trailer). A man hits
a lawnmower with a cane; in a later scene he shoots it, causing it to burst into flames.
We see a house on fire and firemen trying to extinguish it (we learn it's a drill rather
than a "real" fire). Two men share WWII stories while we faintly hear sounds of
war (bombs dropping, guns shooting): a man tells about shooting someone and the other
tells of a bomb being dropped on a tent full of soldiers (no graphic details are
mentioned). A truck speeds past a man on a riding lawnmower, throwing dust on him and
running him off the road. In a frightening/suspenseful scene, a man loses control of his
lawnmower as he speeds down a hill (he's not injured).
PROFANITY 2 - Several mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Aging, forgiveness, determination, the importance of family,
the kindness of strangers, alcoholism, WWII, pregnant runaways.
MESSAGE - Don't give up on doing what you're compelled to do, no matter how
strange it seems to others; holding a grudge seems ridiculous when you realize it might be
too late to make amends.