Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Which has more impact, and why? This additional information about the movie’s content is taken from the notes of various Canadian Film Classification boards: - Upsetting and disturbing scenes that may have an adverse psychological impact. Lack of inhibition due to drinking is a theme of the movie. Since appearing in Inception, Hardy has quickly emerged as one of the most effectively intense actors working today, and he outacts LaBeouf despite saying very little (he grunts more than he speaks, and when he does speak, he's usually slurring a Southern drawl). Taglines There's a legend about the brothers being indestructible: The oldest, Howard (Jason Clarke), was the only soldier to return from his unit in the war, middle brother Forrest (Tom Hardy) survived a bout with the deadly Spanish Flu, and baby brother Jack (Shia La Beouf) wants to be a bigger player in the family business. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. Which characters are the most sympathetic? A man's throat is slit offscreen, however blood leaks out of the wound for half a minute. And what a trio of brothers Hillcoat has cast: LaBeouf may be the top-billed star, but it's really Hardy's Forrest who's the brains of the Bondurant operation (Jack being the heart and Howard the all-too-eager hands). Shia LaBeouf stars in the Transformers franchise. Later, the man's severed testicles are seen preserved in a jar of (presumably) moonshine. Showing all 14 items Jump to: Certification; Sex & Nudity (6) Violence & Gore (4) Profanity (1) Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (1) Frightening & Intense Scenes (1) Spoilers (1) Certification. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. Plot Summary But the brothers' luck runs out when Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), a knavish Chicago special agent, lands in town and warns the brothers to pay their due to the corrupt powers that be ... or get shut down. All text and audiovisual content, unless otherwise attributed is © One Voice Communications LTD. All Rights Reserved. This is a gritty, fact-based drama. Based on Matt Bondurant's historical novel The Wettest County in the World, LAWLESS follows the three Bondurant brothers (one of whom was the book author's grandfather), who live in the mountains of Franklin County, Virginia, making and distributing moonshine during Prohibition. A nude woman is briefly seen running, nudity can be made out, but there is no detail. There are too many men and too much going on to give all of the subplots enough time to develop (Gary Oldman pops up in a few memorable scenes, but then, poof, he's gone). Here's the positive thing about "Lawless": it won't make you hate Shia LaBeouf more than you already do. But in the final act, one brother finally kisses the girl he fancies, while another brother has an interested woman walk into his bedroom naked (viewers see her topless and flashing a lot of skin, but not full frontal) and get on top of him. Molly and Lawless John (1972) Parents Guide Add to guide . Australian director John Hillcoat (The Road) has emerged as a specialist in dark, violent stories that explore family relationships under extreme circumstances. Showing all 22 items Jump to: Certification; Sex & Nudity (5) Violence & Gore (13) Profanity (1) Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking (1) Frightening & Intense Scenes (1) Spoilers (1) Certification. Families can talk about the way Lawless portrays alcohol and drinking. Release date August 29, 2012. The film stars Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, and Guy Pearce.. Parents need to know that Lawless is a dark, history-based drama that's not age appropriate for younger viewers, even though teens of all ages might be drawn in by stars Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf. We later see the man covered in tar and feathers. If you chose to provide an email address, it will only be used to contact you about your comment. How is the violence in this movie different than in action movies? - Violent acts shown in a realistic manner with detail, blood and tissue damage. Several men are shot with some bloody results. Why is Lawless rated R? Its characters live by a barbaric code that countenances murder. The "bad guys" are cops -- albeit ruthless, dirty ones. A man is punched a few times and pierced in the throat by a knuckle-duster, he is then punched in the forehead, some brief blood. A man hits another man across the face with a shovel. It's implied that Maggie gets raped by two men. For most of the movie, there's little more than long gazes between two of the brothers and their respective love interests. - Partial and full nudity shown in a sexual situation. A man is castrated, a lot of blood is shown with some screaming. Two men are briefly beaten by another man, they are punched and kicked, slight bloody noses are seen afterward. There's some gun violence (a couple of shoot outs), but most of the violence is up close and personal: brass knuckles tearing through skin, a knife slicing a man's throat, a young man's neck broken, a boot smashed on top of a head. © Common Sense Media. There are no truly "good" and "bad" characters in this movie. Miss Lawless was born on Thursday 2nd August 1973 to a loving and good family consisting of her mother Esther, her father Marvin, brother Jason and sister Valerie. Join now. Someone is tarred and feathered. - Infrequent breast and female frontal nudity shown in a non-sexual context. See something that needs to be addressed? Please try again later. Minimal injuries. They're dangerous outlaws, but the brothers are incredibly loyal to each other, and Jack is very gentlemany toward Bertha, even though clearly his brothers wouldn't have cared if he'd tried to bed her. The actor actually carries the film quite well, and instead of the macho manly man like a lot of films in this genre put their main character as, he's a bit of a hotheaded weakling, who in the first 2/3 just seems to be the punching bag of everyone around him. Synopsis The star rating reflects overall quality. Lawless is directed by John Hillcoat and stars Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman. How did Prohibition affect the inhabitants of Franklin County? The MPA rated Lawless R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity. A man is shot twice and then stabbed in the back, the scene is very dark so nothing can be seen in detail. A frightened and young-looking woman sits naked on a menacing man's bed. The women of the drama -- Mia Wasikowska as Bertha, the beautiful but religious girl Jack fancies, and Jessica Chastain as Maggie, a former city girl with an irresistible attraction to the quietly fierce Forrest -- are fantastic but among several underdeveloped characters.