Sling Blade

Movie • 1996 • Drama  

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Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.
This movie contains 8 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Are animals abused?
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Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Does a pet die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Abuse
Is there domestic violence?
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Is a child abused?
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Addiction
Does someone abuse alcohol?
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Does a cat die?
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Children
Does a kid die?
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A character (a mentally disabled man) tells a story about his parents making him throw away a living infant after it was born extremely premature. The character was only a child himself at the time and thought throwing the infant away was too cruel, so he buried it instead. He regrets it.
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Family
Does a parent die?
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A child’s parent is lost by suicide. Another parent has been murdered. Both off screen and only mentioned in the film.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Gross
Does someone vomit?
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You are safe. Not even a mention of it that I can recall.
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Medical
Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Mental Health
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Yes but it is NOT apart of the film— only within the script. Nothing happens on screen!
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Pregnancy
Does someone miscarry?
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Prejudice
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Anonymous
"Queer" is used but not in a completely negative context. It's used by a kid talking about his gay friend. It's the only term for gay he knows. It's repeated by another character later (who also didn't know any better), but he is corrected to use gay instead.

"F*g" is used later by another person, obviously in a negative way.
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Is there hate speech?
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A lot of it. Language and physical violence.
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Sex
Is there sexual content?
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Spoiler
Does it have a sad ending?
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Violence
Is there blood/gore?
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