What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Movie • 1993 • Drama  

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Gilbert Grape is a small-town young man with a lot of responsibility. Chief among his concerns are his mother, who is so overweight that she can't leave the house, and his mentally impaired younger brother, Arnie, who has a knack for finding trouble. Settled into a job at a grocery store and an ongoing affair with local woman Betty Carver, Gilbert finally has his life shaken up by the free-spirited Becky.
This movie contains 31 potentially triggering events.
Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
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Anonymous
No dogs in film
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Unanswered Triggers
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Are there sudden loud noises?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
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Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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Is someone stalked?
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Ouchies2
In one scene Gilbert becomes frustrated trying to get Arnie to have a bath and roughly drags and slaps him.
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Is someone gaslighted?
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Is a child abused?
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Waxlady
The older brother (Gilbert) beats up the younger brother (Arnie)
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Addiction
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Is there addiction?
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TheCassandraComplex
To address the other comment, obesity itself is not addiction or even necessarily a result of addictive behavior. It CAN be a result of addictive behavior but to assume the character is obese due to food addiction is a completely fatphobic assumption considering the underlying causes are not addressed or even mentioned in the film.
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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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KathyT154
A cricket

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Are animals abused?
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Waxlady
A bug is beheaded by Arnie
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Nylah_jp
Nothing graphic it was a cricket, but Arnie seemed very upset over it.
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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Nylah_jp
There is a grasshopper shown briefly at the start of the movie
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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crunchy_viking
a character drowns but it is not shown
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Is rape mentioned?
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Sid
Arnie is restrained by his siblings when he sees something upsetting and begins to harm himself
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Sid
Betty Carver fellates Gilbert when he is on the phone and doesn’t want her to
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Bodily Harm
Is there shaving/cutting?
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Sid
Arnie pretends to hang himself and makes choking noises
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crunchy_viking
a bug is decapitated
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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SERENITY
They set fire to a house with a dead woman inside. But she is already dead.
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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Waxlady
Arnie squashes a bug's head (the actual act isn't shown though)
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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missevil399
Never shown but they talk about how the character did it.
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Sid
Arnie mimes hanging himself in an impression of his father who committed suicide by that method
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Sid
Arbor’s panic attacks and echolalia can look a little seizure-like
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Nylah_jp
Arnie gets a cut on his wrist after Ellen drags him across the ground
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Is someone tortured?
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missevil399
*spoilers* Gilbert beats up Arnie
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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TheCassandraComplex
No but someone is in danger of this.
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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Sid
In the book version Gilbert is 26 and Betty is 15 but they appear to be roughly the same age in the film
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does a major character die?
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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FleetwoodMacNCheez
Leonardo DiCaprio portrays an intellectually disabled teen
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
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Does a parent die?
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Sid
Also Betty’s husband dies and everyone thinks she murdered him
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Does someone cheat?
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Nylah_jp
Betty cheats on her husband with Gilbert
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Sid
Probably in the fire at the end
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jump scares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Nylah_jp
There are no ghosts but there is a brief scene when Arnie is making ghost noises (which is him imitating his dead father) when he is asked to go help in the basement.
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Are there clowns?
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Are there natural bodies of water?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
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SquiddyKat
Artie baths twice.
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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Is someone eaten?
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Does someone spit?
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Nylah_jp
Arnie spits out corn at the start of the film
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Is there audio gore?
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
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Are needles/syringes used?
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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Sid
The boys are both very affected by their father’s suicide before the events of the film
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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Anonymous
Arnie purposely hits himself in the head when he’s upset
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TheCassandraComplex
Quick Disclaimer: I am a “passing” autistic woman with no comorbid intellectual disability so my perspective isn’t as relevant to this particular movie as those with an ID who are less able to mask. If such a person adds their thoughts here, I encourage you to upvote them over me.

Arnie has an unspecified genetic developemental disability that is likely autism with a comorbid intellectual disability. There’s no doubt that Leo’s performance was convincing and, I think, fairly sensitive and nuanced for the time. However, it’s always potentially triggering whenever a neurotypical actor plays someone neurodivergent. It can be hurtful and feel like mocking despite the all the best intentions of the actor or filmmakers, so I am marking “yes” to this question just to be safe.
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Sid
An extremely stressed person breaks down and hurts someone
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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Is there misophonia?
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Sid
Arnie seems to be sensitive to some noises. Throughout the film, he screams a lot which might be distressing to some people
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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Nylah_jp
I wouldn't call it a 'anxiety attack' but Arnie is freaking out and hitting his head after his mother dies
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
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Sid
The mother started binge-eating after her husband died and is so overweight that she hasn’t left the house in seven years
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Ouchies2
In one scene Gilbert slaps, fights and roughly drags Arnie to try and get him to have a bath.

In another scene he leaves him to have a bath alone while he goes out with a girl and he comes back the next day and Arnie is still in the bath shivering as he needed help. This was not portrayed as malicious but is an upsetting image.
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KathyT154
The father hanged himself in the cellar, it‘s mentioned but never shown.
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Noxious
Does a baby cry?
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SquiddyKat
Arnie cries after the death of a grass hopper
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Is there shakey cam?
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RedEyeJedi
Some language throughout and one character flips off another.
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
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Sid
There is narration if that counts
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Nylah_jp
Gilbert occasionally makes fun of his mothers weight.
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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Nylah_jp
Gilbert makes hurtful comments about his mother constantly
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
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3
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2
Does an LGBT person die?
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missevil399
The family screams at Arnie, and there's ableist behavior from some of the townspeople.
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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3
Race
Is there blackface?
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3
Relationships
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Sid
In the book version Gilbert is 26 and Becky is 15 but they seem to be roughly the same age in the film
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Sex
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Waxlady
Sexual scene when Gilbert delivers groceries
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Is someone sexually objectified?
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Are there nude scenes?
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Is there bestiality?
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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Sexism
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Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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Sid
Arnie has an undisclosed disability and wasn’t supposed to reach the age of ten. It’s repeatedly mentioned that “he could go at any time”
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Social
Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Are there fat suits?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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SquiddyKat
Yes.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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13
Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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14
Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Nylah_jp
Not graphic, Arnie is seen with blood on his face twice but not graphic at all just a few cuts.
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Does someone drown?
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Waxlady
Woman's husband drowned in a kiddie pool.
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Is there gun violence?
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