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Ollie (Tessa Thompson) is barely getting by in Little Woods, an economically depressed fracking boomtown in North Dakota. She has left her days of illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border behind, eyeing a potential new job that would finally break her out of the small town. But when her mother dies, she is reunited with her estranged sister Deb (Lily James), who faces a mounting crisis: the combined effect of an unplanned pregnancy and a deadbeat ex (James Badge Dale). The two find they have one week to settle the mortgage on their mother's house or face foreclosure. As both bills and pressure mount, Ollie faces a choice: whether to return to a way of life she thought she'd left behind for just one more score or to leave it all behind.
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Critics Consensus: Led by standout work from Tessa Thompson, Little Woods tells a grimly absorbing tale that marks a commendable debut for writer-director Nia DaCosta.
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Common Sense Says
Mature, quiet small-town drama about family, money, drugs.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Little Woods is a drama about a woman (Tessa Thompson) who's forced to go back to dealing drugs, even after being arrested, in order to pay for her mortgage and her sister's abortion. Violent scenes include a man pushing a woman up against a wall, a man grabbing a woman's arm and threatening her, a woman hitting a man in a bar, and a woman slapping a man. Drug dealing is at the forefront of the story; OxyContin and other pills are shown. The main character gets very drunk in one scene, and drinking, drunkenness, and cigarette smoking are common. A scene set inside a gentleman's club shows scantily clad women pole-dancing. Language includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Despite the heavy material, this is an excellent movie with a gentle, atmospheric touch that focuses on characters and moods, and it's quite moving.
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- Release Date:April 19, 2019
- Audio Format:5.1
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