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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 117m 4s

Release date 25/07/2014

BBFCInsight strong violence, sex, strong language

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) David Gordon Green

Cast includes Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blavins, Adriene Mishler, Brian Mays, Aj Wilson McPhaul, Heather Kafka, Sue Rock, Anna Niemtschk, Brenda Isaacs Booth, Milton Fountain, Roderick L. Polk, Aaron Spivey-Sorrells, John Daws, Kay Epperson

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/07/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

JOE is a US drama in which an ex-con takes a 15-year-old boy, the son of an abusive, alcoholic father, under his wing.


Strong violence includes characters being shot and an elderly vagrant being struck repeatedly over the head with a heavy metal object. The fatal assault results in a bloody injury to the victim's forehead.


Two scenes of strong sex include the brief sight of a man's bare buttocks as he thrusts into a woman in a brothel. Her body is hidden from view by his torso. In another scene fellatio is strongly implied by the expression on a male character's face.


Strong language includes nine uses of 'motherf***er' and more than twenty five uses of 'f**k'.

Other issues include the gory sight of a dead deer being butchered and an implied and undetailed fight between two dogs.


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