The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below. Here's a brief summary of the content found in this R-rated drama. Profanity consists of at least 8 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases also occur.
Some sexually related dialogue is also present, as are various sexual encounters that include movement, sounds and partial nudity while a man's full frontal and rear nudity is briefly seen after sex. Several instances of male masturbation are also present. Various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes including a married woman having an affair and her husband's best friend who blackmails her into having sex with him.
Tense family material occurs in the form of an unhappy marriage and the effects of her having an affair. Violence consists of a man striking a woman as well as off-screen violence and two deaths one by accidental food poisoning, the other a suicide by gunshot. Various characters drink, one smokes and others smoke pot and are noted as being "potheads. We see that Phil and Bubba have been smoking pot and see Phil smoking a joint.
Justine again calls them on their actions and refers to them as "potheads. Phil and Bubba have beer in front of them.
Phil has a beer. Justine reads a story written by Holden that's essentially about himself and it states that the main character started drinking and taking all sorts of drugs. Phil and Bubba drink beer. We see that Phil and Bubba have been smoking pot again. We see a flashback of Phil, Justine and Bubba holding or drinking beer.
Holden shows up drunk and admits to being that and that he'll be that way the rest of his life. Phil, Bubba and his date drink in Phil and Justine's home and then do so again in a restaurant in a later scene.
After Phil learns of Justine's affair, he states that he needs to get stoned and she says that's okay. Holden pokes his palm with a pencil to elicit some drops of blood for a letter he's writing to Justine we see a few as well as him smearing them onto the letter. We see and hear Gwen vomiting from eating some bad blackberries. We hear that a person committed suicide via a gunshot, but don't see the act.
We do see the body lying on a motel bed, but don't see any blood. Justine has a bruise on her face and Corny has a black eye after both are hit in separate scenes.
A customer admits to coming into the store for a free application of makeup with no intent of buying any. Justine has an affair with Holden and then tries to cover it up and lies about it to others.
Faced with his imposed deadline of never seeing him again, Justine drops off a very sick Gwen at the hospital rather than go in with her so that she can go and meet Holden.
Holden ends up becoming obsessed with Justine and having them run off together. We eventually hear that he robs the store's safe so that they can have "run away" money.
Bubba indicates that he knows of Justine's infidelity and tells her that if she knows what's good for her, that she'll meet him at his place the following day. She does and he then proceeds to tell her about his idolization of Phil having Justine and that to finally break that off, she'll have to sleep with him. When she refuses, he states that he'll tell Phil if she doesn't, so she reluctantly does.
Realizing she needs to get Holden out of her life, Justine buys some blackberries that she believed were responsible for a friend's death and has him eat them although she eventually feels guilty and makes him stop, but nothing happens to him. Justine lets Phil think that her lover was someone else other than Holden resulting in that person being beaten up.
We do see the body lying on a motel bed, but don't see any blood the wide-eyed facial expression of the dead victim might be unsettling for some viewers.