Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

DVD - 2018
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After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon, an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
Publisher: [United States] : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2018
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: FIC Three
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 115 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: Ontario Film Review Board Rating: 14A


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Dec 14, 2018

Just . . . so. . . bad. Clearly many people don't agree and think this is a GREAT movie. I just don't get it. This movie wanted to be Fargo, wanted it so bad, but failed miserably. Fargo had a crime and a lot of nutty people, but the nutty people were believable. Most of the people in this movie do things for no apparent reason. They are nutty not because it is an intrinsic part of their characters, but just so the movie can have nutty people in it. There is a little person in the movie (and he is constantly referred to as a "dwarf" or "midget") for no apparent reason. The old geezer police chief has an incredibly young wife with an English accent for no apparent reason. The ex-husband's young girlfriend is portrayed as embarrassingly stupid, again for no apparent reason. There are huge plot holes. Just for instance, does this town not have a city council or a mayor? Apparently the police and citizens are free to do exactly as they please with no outside interference and just solve their disputes with various acts of violence. Everybody gets mad at the mother for putting up the billboards because everybody loves the dying police chief. So why are he and the other cops so mad? They get more support from the town, not less, as a result of the billboards. The new police chief watches the "bad cop" throw a guy out a window and beat him almost to death and fires him but does not arrest him? The mother burns down the police station and a guy is horribly burned but the new police chief just takes the word of another citizen that he was with her at the time and doesn't investigate her any further? The "bad cop" gets a postmortem letter from the old police chief urging him to be a better person and immediately reforms? This extremely small and isolated town has a large gift shop which provides employment for the owner AND the mother? It costs $5000 a month to rent old falling-down billboards on a road nobody drives on? Etc., etc. etc.

ArapahoeKati Dec 13, 2018

Wow. I didn't quite expect such a dark, funny and raw movie about a touchy subject. Woody Harrelson and Frances McDormand were amazing.

Dec 13, 2018

saw This in the theatre, and can understand why it was Oscar nominated. I didn’t particularly like so much swearing, but if you can get by that, the acting is amazing by everyone, great story and some very dark humour.

Dec 10, 2018

Would not recommend this movie.

Nov 18, 2018

Frances McDormand is the reason to see this harrowing film about a mother's anger, grief, mourning, and fierce independence in her small-town environment.

Oct 28, 2018

The trailer to this film did not do it justice. Writer/Director Martin McDonagh has given us an excellent piece of cinema. The story had a depth I was not expecting and I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the characters cuss a lot but I've heard priests cuss more in real life than the people do in this fictional story, so there you go...

I would recommend this film to anyone that is tired of the same ol' Hollywood cookie-cutter trite that is forced upon us due to a lack of imagination and real storytelling.

One of the best pictures I've seen in some time! Thank you to all who made it happen.

Oct 20, 2018

This movie was to me a brilliantly written satire on the topic/issue of police incompetency and treatment of minorities/brutality that comes across as a dark comedy rather than a sad type of movie. Almost, in a weird way, like "Death of Stalin", if I were to compare it with another movie. The cussing, while inappropriate, added to the overall humour and satire and made the police of this hick town look like a bunch of goons. The movie itself was RAW, and it's that type that you could watch while you are drunk or want to waste your time looking at something stupid but having a fun social commentary interwoven on it.

Oct 20, 2018

If you re a democrat or liberal you will like this junk.
The constant swearing ,vulgarity violence and racism that must be the norm in every NA household is nothing less then sick .Emotions are the flagstaff of humanity.Just as sick .
If you watch this and want to be a part of society as Hollywood portrays it ,Good luck .

VaughanPLDonnalee Oct 19, 2018

I found this a fascinating and compelling film. It was many things: darkly funny, deeply sad, challenging, disturbing but always entertaining. Frances McDormand was magnificent. She played a complex, fierce woman, sometimes overflowing with anger and emotion, but with such heartbreak in her eyes. Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell were also outstanding. This movie tackles some difficult subjects, and the characters are complex ones who don't always make good or admirable decisions. Not everyone will like this dark, challenging film, but I thought it was exceptional.

Oct 11, 2018

As a big fan of the Coen brothers I have always liked Frances McDormand in many roles and this is another one. Right from the start I was into this flick and it kept me entertained, sure there was lots of swearing and violence but in this case it comes with the territory. As much as it moved along at a good clip for such a dark movie I also found myself amused at certain scenes. I won't go into the characters and personalities but I will say the ending left me with an empty feeling and of course a sense of wondering. I wouldn't say its a must see, but I would recommend it.

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Oct 11, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jun 23, 2018

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May 28, 2018

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May 28, 2018

Violence: throughout the movie

May 28, 2018

Coarse Language: almost in every sentence

Mar 14, 2018

Coarse Language: Present throughout the film


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Mar 18, 2018

Real-life story of the father who inspired the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards with his messages to the 'corrupt' police who 'botched' the case of his raped and strangled daughter (and it's not in Missouri)


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Mar 18, 2018

Many many quotes including racial slurs in IMDb already. Thanks to the posters who shared them:

Lyrics to the "Last Rose Of Summer":
'Tis the last rose of summer left blooming alone
All her lovely companions are faded and gone
No flower of her kindred, no rosebud is nigh
To reflect back her blushes and give sigh for sigh

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one, to pine on the stem
Since the lovely are sleeping, go sleep thou with them
Thus kindly I scatter thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden lie scentless and dead

So soon may I follow when friendships decay
And from love's shining circle the gems drop away
When true hearts lie withered and fond ones are flown
Oh who would inhabit this bleak world alone?
This bleak world alone

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