Locusts, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Mrs. Potts's cattle ranch is a place where secrets scarcely remembered and even more dimly understood simmer just below the surface. Delilah Potts (Kate Capshaw) runs her cattle ranch with a sultry blend of strength and seduction. Scores of men work the grounds, but only one is chosen each night to share her bed. It's an unspoken arrangement in a place where Mrs. Potts's rules are scrupulously obeyed ... until a drifter named Clay Hewitt (Vince Vaughn) shows up looking for work. Clay becomes captivated by the widow's withdrawn, emotionally-crippled son, Flyboy (Jeremy Davies). Flyboy's subservience and whispered-about past barely scratch the surface of the dark places where his soul has been buried all these years. With the help of Kitty (Ashley Judd), a free-spirited local girl, Clay reaches out to him, encouraging Flyboy to take his first steps toward independence, and uncovering the long-buried secret of incest that will change all of their fates. THE LOCUSTS weaves a powerful and wrenching tale about the pain of betrayal. Davie's performance as Flyboy will certainly be noticed on Oscar night. But the movie's gloomy outlook on life and its lack of a happy ending will make it a small player at the box-office.

The Phillip Morris tobacco company must have made a mint during the production of this film. Just about every character smoked like damp wood on a campfire. And the hard liquor business didn't suffer either. Rarely does a minute of screen-time pass before somebody pours him/herself another drink. In addition to substance abuse, sex and profanity also saturate the film. It is implied that Mrs. Potts sleeps with a different ranch hand just about every night. Clay performs oral sex on Kitty on their first date, although the audience only sees his head go under her dress. Clay and Kitty go on to have a sexually active relationship, although the aforementioned is the only sex scene of the movie. No incest scenes are shown. This movie accurately portrays the painful consequences of sin, but offers no hope about life. Viewers looking for a wholesome film or a happy ending should avoid THE LOCUSTS.

Preview Reviewer: Jason Shepherd
Orion Pictures, 1888 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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: Several (5) times - All Mild

Obscene Language: Few (3) times - S-word 3

Profanity: Many (16) times - Regular 11 (J/C 4, GD 6, God 1), Exclamatory 5 (Oh my God)

Violence: Many times - Moderate to Severe (fistfights with punching and pushing; ranch hands castrate bulls and cut off horns; man nearly strangles woman; man hangs himself; woman shoots herself)

Sex: Once (man kisses woman's clothed breasts, oral sex performed but obscured); Implied many times (matriarch sleeps with different ranch hands after each working day)

Nudity: Near nudity few times (emotionally disturbed man talks to centerfold pinup revealing near nudity of woman's breasts)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (many references to sex and sexual prowess)

Drugs: Many times (constant smoking and drinking of hard liquor)

Other: Emotionally sick family secrets include incest and blaming family members for the deaths of others. No incest is shown.

Running Time: 124 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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