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Overall C

Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis) may be a strong-willed 6-year-old, but she still feels vulnerable. Living in a trashy old trailer located in a floodplain, the youngster's only hope for support is her father Wink (Dwight Henry). But his failing health threatens to leave her all alone in the world.

Violence B-
Sexual Content B
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Why is Beasts of the Southern Wild rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Beasts of the Southern Wild is rated PG-13 for

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Violence: A child is slapped by a parent and later retaliates by hitting and yelling at her father. A child is left on her own when her father disappears. Other scenes of child imperilment are included. Characters ride out a severe storm that floods their community. A man catches and kills a fish using his hands. A group of men blow up a levee using dynamite. Characters scuffle with others on several occasions. Dead and bloated animals are seen. People are forcibly removed from a disaster area. A character coughs up blood. A dead body is placed on a pyre and started on fire. A woman, dressed only in panties, shoots an animal. Blood is shown splattered across the lower half of her body.

Sexual Content: Children go to a brothel looking for one girl’s mother. A man talks about a child’s conception. A woman’s bare back is seen.

Language: The script contains numerous profanities, terms of Deity and some crude sexual terms along with an extreme sexual expletive.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters frequently drink and are often portrayed as drunk. A father pours his young child a cup of liquor. Some brief smoking is shown.