After the death of her mother (Laura Dern) a woman (Reese Witherspoon) becomes depressed and engages in risky and self-destructive behavior. In an effort to reclaim herself she embarks on an 1100 mile hike. Also with Thomas Sadoski, Keene McRae, Michiel Huisman, W. Earl Brown and Gaby Hoffmann. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. [1:55]
SEX/NUDITY 7 - A woman at a bar glances toward a man also seated at the bar and we see him moving closer to her before we see them fully nude and having sex in a hotel room; her bare breasts, back, abdomen, legs and buttocks are shown as well as his bare buttocks, chest, abdomen and legs as he flips her over to lean on the bed and thrusts from behind her (we hear moaning). A woman waiting tables in a diner approaches a table where two men are seated and we next see all three of them in the alley outside the restaurant having sex; the woman is seen standing and then seated while one of the men is thrusting and the other man is standing nearby adjusting his trousers (he has presumably already had sex with her). We see a woman wearing bra and panties that reveal cleavage, bare abdomen and legs while a bare-chested man lies in a bed; he moves toward her and kisses her abdomen as she lies on the bed, and then moves off screen (oral sex is implied).
► Very quick flashback sequences show a woman's bare breasts (seemingly while a man and a woman are having sex). A fully nude man and a fully nude woman lie asleep on a floor (we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs and her bare breasts, abdomen and buttocks). A fully nude man is seen bathing in a stream from a distance (bare chest, abdomen, genitals and legs are briefly seen) and a woman watches him. We see a nude man and a nude woman lying on the floor (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and her bare buttocks, back and breasts are seen as well as his bare buttocks and back. A woman showers and we see her bare breasts in a mirror. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A woman wears a T-shirt that reveals the outline of her breasts and nipples. A woman changes her pants in the wilderness and we see her panties and bare legs.
► A man makes a comment about a woman having sex with anyone who asks. A man makes a comment to a woman and another woman tells him to shut up (there is a sexual implication). A man tells a woman, "I don't bite" and she replies, "I don't mind biting." A man makes comments and invitations to a woman that imply sex and he invites her for a drink (we do not see anything happen). A woman declares to her husband (they are getting a divorced) that she was unfaithful many times. A woman tells a friend that she thinks that she is pregnant and that she isn't sure who the father is and that she will not have the baby; we see her take a pregnancy test and it is apparently positive (there's an implied suggestion that she may have had an abortion but nothing is declaratively stated).
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - We hear a woman panting and gravel rustling before we see her sit on a rock and remove her hiking boot; her bloody sock is seen and then a very bloody toe and nail as she pulls the nail off and screams. We see a horse with bloody patches on its body and hear that it is very sick as a man points a gun at it and shoots it (we see the horse lying dead on the ground with blood on its head).
► A woman goes to the hospital room of her mother and a nurse tells her that they put ice on her eyes because she wanted to donate her corneas; the woman goes into the room, finds her mother dead and she screams and holds her.
► A man holds a knife to a woman's throat to rob her and we see a bit off an abrasion on her neck after he lets her go. A man makes a fist toward his young daughter's face and says, "You want a knuckle sandwich?" (we do not see him striker her).
► Two men approach a woman in the wilderness and ask her for water and one of the men makes unwelcome remarks about the woman's figure and there is a threatened sexual implication; when the men leave, the woman unpacks her gear to set up camp and she is startled when one of the men reappears and seems to be threatening her (the man is called away by the other man before anything happens).
► A woman says that her 8-year-old son died when he was hit by a truck while riding his bike. A woman hitchhikes alone and makes a comment to a man that stops to ask her questions about "raping and dismembering" her (no harm comes to her but we hear that Jerry Garcia died).
► A brother and his sister argue about their mother who is dying from cancer. A woman remembers when her husband yelled at her about doing drugs and finding her in a stupor.
► A woman hiking a wilderness trail runs out of water and we see her becoming dehydrated (she finds water and is fine). A woman seated on a mountain peak accidentally loses one of her hiking boots (we see it tumble down and away from her); she throws her other boot and screams angrily. A woman belts herself into a very heavy backpack and she struggles to stand up and walk in a few scenes. A woman is frightened by noises outside her tent while sleeping alone in the dark. A woman carrying a heavy pack crosses fast moving water and falls in briefly before righting herself and getting out safely. A woman trudging along a dirt trail comes upon a rattlesnake and moves slowly around it before running away. A woman is shown trudging along a wilderness trail while carrying a heavy pack in several scenes. A woman asks a man working in a field to take her somewhere for a hot meal and he says that he will take her home; although she seems frightened after finding a gun in his truck, she goes with him (no harm comes to her). We hear about a woman's abusive and alcoholic ex-husband. A woman wakes up in the wilderness and we see many small frogs hopping across her body (se does not seem afraid).
► A woman is shown in a hospital bed with IVs in her arm and it is implied that she is dying. We see X-rays of a woman's spine and hear a doctor talking about tumors; we understand that she has cancer and that she dies very quickly. A very quick flashback sequence shows a woman with black eyes (she appears to be dead).
► A man and a woman get tattoos on their arms (the day they are getting a divorce). We see bruising and scabs on a woman's body from a heavy backpack in a few scenes.
► A woman sprinkles the ashes of her mother around a grave and eats a handful of them. A woman covers her feces under rocks and we see part of the feces. A woman reacts to another woman's odor after not having bathed in some time. A woman vomits twice after drinking whiskey (we see goo and hear her gagging).
PROFANITY 8 - About 35 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 3 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 5 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (bum, hobo, feminist, old, Motorcycle Dan, Crazy Joe, Doobie), exclamations (shut-up), 13 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, God, Jesus, Jesus Christ), a woman holds her hands as if in prayer and says that she "wants a [F-word deleted] miracle." [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A woman is seen smoking a drug (presumably heroin), a man injects a drug (presumably heroin) into a woman's ankle, a woman talks about smoking and snorting as well as injecting heroin, and a woman smokes a marijuana cigarette. A woman drinks a glass of wine, a man and a woman drink from a flask, two people drink wine in a bar, and four people drink whiskey at a campsite (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man smokes a cigarette in the wilderness.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a parent, drug use, heroin, one-night stands, casual sex, self-destructive behavior, abortion, regret, quitting, life choices, being rich in love, grief therapy, forgiveness.
MESSAGE - Drastic measures can be necessary for some people to sort out their lives.