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Sex & Nudity

  • 11 year old boy and girl then share a brief kiss.
  • An 11 year old girl is not wearing her pants in her bed. And her underwear appears on the screen.
  • In a group discussion at a creative writing class a hippy character tells a young girl to "feel his aura", although it's a harmless remark the girl answers that she "doesn't think I'm allowed to" implying that she thought he meant something inappropriate.
  • At the beginning, Vada says she has Hemorrhoids.
  • When Shelley and Harry are alone in her camper he feels her back for a bra (and doesn't find one), they then share a brief kiss.
  • It is implied that Shelley and Vada have a discussion about sex and menstruation, after 11-year-old Vada tells her that she got period for the first time.
  • A funeral parlor director accuses the make-up artist of making a dead woman look like a "two dollar hooker".
  • In a creative writing class for adults, a young woman recites a poem that alludes to sex and touching the body.
  • Shelley's ex-husband asks her if she's sleeping with Harry.
  • Harry and Shelley are seen flirting and kissing during a scene where Vada spies on them during a funeral.

Violence & Gore

  • An 11 year old boy kills a fish with his foot.
  • A man punches another man in the stomach.
  • Some men get into a fist fight while playing bingo.
  • Vada went to Thomas after she was put on make-up by Shelly, Thomas commented: "Your lips bleeding?"
  • Vada forces Thomas J to pick his mosquito bite to make it bleed. She pricks her arm too, and they rub the blood together so they will be "blood brothers" for life.


  • 1 use of God damn, 3 uses of shit, 1 use of ass, 1 use of hell
  • A 11 year old girl calls her best friend a retard, some might find this mean and offensive.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Casual scenes of adults drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco.
  • A young woman refers to "smoking a joint" in a poem she recites during a class. An 11-year-old girl is present while she reads it out loud.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 11 year old boy and girl go out in the dark night without their parents permission.
  • An 11 year old girl steals a woman's money offscreen.
  • A girl strongly flings some canning goods into the shopping cart because she is upset with Daddy's girlfriend. And she doesn't need to buy those canning goods.
  • Although the film is rated PG and is marketed towards family audiences, it is not a film for the faint-hearted. The film deals with sensitive topics such as death.
  • Vada accuse herself of having certain symptoms. Going from jaundiced, hemorrhoids, chicken leg stuck in her throat, and a bee sting. Her accusing herself like these symptoms might upset younger audiences.
  • Vada collapsed falsely in one scene.


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Violence & Gore

  • Thomas J. is stung by a swarm of wasps, and dies offscreen. (The movie confuses a wasp nest with a beehive.)

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A young boy is attacked and stung to death by a swarm of bees and although the scene isn't particularly graphic it may still be upsetting for some viewers.
  • During Thomas J.'s funeral Vada gets extremely emotional and has to be pulled away from the casket. This scene is extremely heavy and sad and may cause younger viewers to cry.

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