The film contains a revenge theme, pervasive and explicit bloody violence, a glimpse of full male nudity, fleeting upper female nudity, frequent profanity as well as constant rough language and racial slurs. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Jensen (my film-reviewer find of the month) has offered ample detail before that sum-up, such as:
As in most movies that Tarantino both writes and directs, the violence is by rote. Characters die by a single gunshot with a little splatter, their demise as tightly choreographed — with the help of computer-generated special effects — as a routine by the Radio City Rockettes.
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Tarantino unleashes the same over-the-top attacks against [the evil white man] Candie and his ilk as he previously launched against Nazis in his 2009 historical wish-fulfillment fantasy “Inglourious Basterds.” Incongruously, though, he also incorporates satiric shtick reminiscent of Mel Brooks’ 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles.”
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Tarantino also evidently finds it quite funny when 19th-century characters swear, and do so with contemporary expressions. The use of the N-word in the dialogue has been clocked at 110 appearances. But at that frequency, it loses all impact.
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The inhumanities [of chattel slavery] depicted include whippings, the use of chains and other restraining devices, the branding of escapees, confinement in outdoor “hot boxes” and threats of castration. Worst of all, perhaps, is the fate of a slave torn apart by dogs.
The film offers “a stark reminder of the sins wrought by racism” but is not for “the easily jarred.” C’est moi, for what it’s worth.