MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Grace (Nicole Kidman), the daughter of a wealthy businessman, is on the run from a crew of gangsters who eventually falsely accuse her of a crime in order to bring her out of hiding. While seeking refuge in the Rocky Mountains, she encounters the small town of Dogville. Thomas (Paul Bettany), a member of the small community, finds Grace sneaking through the town and tries to help her by getting the townsfolks approval to allow Grace to stay in their town to avoid the gangsters. The townspeople agree to help on the condition that she work in the town in exchange for their concealing her whereabouts. As the days go by, Grace finds that even the good townsfolk of Dogville are filled with selfishness and deception. Shes not sure if she is really safe in Dogville or if she would have been better off in the hands of the gangsters.

Through fine acting and an intriguing plot, Dogville addresses the tension between mercy and justice when it comes to dealing with evil. The film also examines the reality of the inner condition of people, namely, the focus on self. The townsfolk initially seem to be helpful, but the reality of their selfishness eventually rises to the surface, and the evil of their actions is disturbingly morbid. The film depicts the nature of people with a striking accuracy and raises the question, Does such behavior demand justice or should it be shown mercy? There are a few scenes of rape that, while involving little violence and nudity, are sadistic and dark. And there are a few crudities and two occurrences of profanity. Overall, the film paints a dark picture of the human soul. Due to brief nudity, brutal and cruel violence including rape and forced prostitution, and a tone of depressing hopelessness, Dogville is not recommended and should be seen only by adults.

Preview Reviewer: Troy Dandrea
Lions Gate

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (3) times mild (damn 3)

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Few (2) times moderate (G 2)

Violence: Many times mild (man shoved, ceramic figurines broken on the floor); moderate (many shootings of people, implied shooting of a baby, point-blank shot to the head, man wrestles with a woman to rape her)

Sex: Few times moderate (two scenes of rape with motions but no nudity); strong (one rape with motions and male buttocks showing)

Nudity: Few times mild (woman in bra while being raped); moderate (male buttocks shown while woman is raped)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times moderate (few comments in reference to having sex)

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 173 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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