Bones and All

NZ release: 24 November 2022

Bloody violence and content that may disturb Rated on: 18 November 2022

Bones and All

What’s it about?

The film follows Maren and Lee, two young cannibals, as they embark on a liberating road trip across America. Together they search for their identities while learning how to survive on the margins of society.

The facts

  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 125 minutes
  • Bones and All is based on the novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis

Why did it get this rating?

Content that may disturb

The main characters meet other cannibals including a man who keeps a braided rope made of hair from all of the bodies he has eaten. The imagery is somewhat disturbing.


There are several scenes of cannibalism. Characters kneel over dead bodies, biting and ripping into their flesh. The victims’ bodies are not fully shown. In some scenes, the cannibals lift limbs to their mouths and the camera cuts away with chewing and ripping sounds heard in the background.

A character slits a man’s throat after masturbating him. Another character violently attacks a man with a crowbar and his face becomes bloodied. A character chews through her friend’s finger, ripping the skin and spraying blood everywhere.

A plastic bag is put over a character’s head, suffocating him. He is stabbed multiple times, covering the room in blood. His intestines are then slowly ripped out, killing him.

Suicide and self-harm

Characters mention suicide and self-harm several times. These characters express remorse for their thirst for humans. In this context, these references are less likely to trigger viewers or increase the risk of harm to young people.


One scene shows two men having sex. In another scene, the main characters break into a house with pornographic posters on the wall of a topless woman and a woman spreading her legs.

Offensive language

“C**t”, “f**got”, “motherf**ker”, “f**k”, “sh*t” and “asshole” are used throughout the film. This language is not used aggressively.

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