Bastard Out of Carolina

1996, Drama, 1h 37m

9 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Anney (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a poor single mother from the rural South, struggles to raise her young daughter, Bone (Jena Malone). They seem to find happiness when Anney marries a kindly man named Lyle (Dermot Mulroney) who treats Bone like his own child. However, after Lyle is killed in an automobile accident, Anney remarries to the hotheaded Glen (Ron Eldard), who abuses Bone physically and sexually, and begins to tear the once tight-knit family apart.

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  • Aug 27, 2009
    This was a hard movie to watch. It sickened me. Jena Malone, was insanely good in this movie. It had to be hard for her to portray certain parts in this movie at such a young age. She was just amazing in this movie. It is a heart wrenching movie about a young girl who is sexually abused by her mothers boyfriend. Her mother is an awful piece of work. I wanted to go through the screen and physically harm her. I was just so disgusted with her and the way she treated her daughter. All of the actors all acted their parts well. Its just an awfully good movie that will have you going through a lot of emotions. I know I went through a lot watching it. It's not a film you can watch over and over again, but it is one that you would watch every once in a great while just on the story and the powerful acting. It is a movie that should be seen by all. A must see.
  • Nov 02, 2008
    Haven't read the book but I feel that this is not a good adaptation & the film feels rushed, If you're planning to see this be prepared for its difficult subject matter & some really disturbing scenes
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