Although this movie reveals a black community standing together after a black man kills a white man in self defense, there are some content problems for us with this film. The racial term “nig*er” is used 18 times although a black person calls himself this a couple of times. However, there is another racial term used. We know the filmmakers wanted to make the film realistic but this is a lot of language, not to mention other strong words are used, in a short amount of time.
Also, there is a man who says, “Sometimes you have to stray from the Bible” when confronted with his claim he killed a man. The film is about several black men claiming they killed the white man in order to protect the man who actually shot him, defending his own life. A police officer strikes several of the black men while questioning them. Although this film does show a young white female named Candy (Holly Hunter) who stands with her black friends, this just simply is not a “family” film and we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.