The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below. Profanity consists of at least 20 "f" words, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also uttered.
There's brief sexually related dialogue and innuendo, while a rear-entry sexual encounter with movement and sounds is briefly seen. Violence consists of people being killed by various means mostly gunfire, but also a baseball bat, a panic in a fire, being choked to death, etc. Some of that and other behavior might be enticing for some kids to imitate, while all sorts of bad attitudes are present, as is some tense family material. Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.
For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's a little bit of camera movement back and forth, but nothing too bad. A farmer tells his adult daughter to get Landa some wine, but he prefers to have milk. Shosanna has some wine by her in a restaurant where miscellaneous people drink. We see a large liquor ad on a wall.
Goebbels, Frederich, Shosanna and others have champagne the latter reluctantly. Archie meets a general and the former has a scotch and water while the latter has whiskey straight.
Bridget has champagne while playing a card game in a tavern with German soldiers who have beer and schnapps. She then joins Archie and other undercover agents who order whiskey, while she has more champagne. Some of the soldiers seem to be intoxicated, including a new father who won't leave Bridget and her companions alone. An SS officer then joins them with a beer and eventually orders some old scotch, but says he doesn't want any himself, although he later has some.
Bridget states that she likes smoking, drinking, and eating in fine restaurants. Aldo states a veterinarian will fill the injured Bridget with morphine. We see Shosanna with wine. Miscellaneous people carry champagne and drinks in Shosanna's theater before the premiere. Landa takes some champagne but doesn't drink any, while Shosanna brings glasses of the same for Marcel and herself, but we don't see any consumption.
Landa pours wine for himself, Aldo and one of the latter's men, but only that man has some seen later. Aldo briefly talks about the making of moonshine in relation to where he grew up. Aldo has a rather large scar that goes around his neck.
We see a flashback to Aldo's team scalping at least 2 dead Nazis in a graphic, fully viewed fashion. We see a flashback to Hugo killing various Nazis, including one via a piano wire around the neck, and another who's smothered and then repeatedly knifed through that with bloody results and then driving his fist down into that or another man's mouth to suffocate him. We see a flashback to Hugo being sprung from jail by Aldo's team, with one slitting a guard's throat and others shot with machine guns.
We see a swastika scar on a German's head having been cut there with a large knife. We see a flashback to one of the "basterds" being whipped on his bare back with bloody lash marks there. A big gun battle breaks out in a small tavern, with many people being shot by handguns, machine guns and a rifle or shotgun, while Hugo stabs a knife down into the back of an SS officer's neck.
All but two are killed, and one is wounded, with all of that having very bloody results. We see a needle being inserted into Bridget's leg that has a bloody bullet hole in it. To get her to admit everything she knows, Aldo sticks his finger deep into that hole seen in close-up , causing her pain. Two people who've shot each other are bloody, while there's also blood on the floor. Various people who are shot inside a theater are bloody.
Aldo shoots one Nazi dead, with his companion then scalping that man with bloody results. We see Aldo using his knife to slice a swastika into a Nazi's forehead deep and with bloody results.
We hear that it's Landa's task to round up any Jews left in France. As he talks with a farmer he believes is harboring some, he says he can think like a Jew meaning where they might hide , and then equates them to rats.
He then makes an analogy by asking the farmer if a rat crossed his floor, why would he kill that and not a squirrel, adding that one doesn't know why they don't like rats, but they do anyway. Some Native Americans might not like Aldo using so-called Apache tactics in killing the Nazis and spreading fear among them and others by scalping those they kill.
During this, he states he has a little "injun" in him. Goebbels talks of American sports success resting on the past breeding of Negros. Landa says they can't risk having a Negro Marcel working as the projectionist for Goebbels's big film premiere at Shosanna's theater.
Landa is surprised that one of Aldo's men isn't the size of a "circus midget" based on his nickname that would suggest he's very short. When Shosanna won't let Frederich who's playing friendly, but persistent into the projection booth, he forces the door into her and his attitude turns uglier.
There's a subtle menace to Landa as he takes his time asking a farmer about a Jewish family, and after a while, we see that they're hiding beneath the floor, hands over their mouths to keep themselves from making noise. Landa continues his "pleasant" interrogation, with the farmer eventually breaking and admitting that yes, he's hiding them and that they're under the floor. Landa then has his soldiers come in and fire their machine guns through the floor in a massive blaze of bullets we don't see any impact.
We then see young Shosanna climb out the side of the farm house and run through a field, with Landa walking out, taking aim with his handgun, and seemingly ready to shoot her, but he doesn't.
Shosanna becomes nervous when she realizes that she's in the presence of Landa who had her family murdered several years ago.
That escalates when he orders milk for her seemingly referencing the scene where the murders took place and then questions her, all in a faux pleasant manner. An SS officer suddenly reveals himself while Bridget, Archie and his associates try to have a clandestine meeting, albeit in a public spot. The officer then becomes suspicious of Archie's German accent, making everyone nervous as to what's going to occur as they try to lie their way through the situation.
The SS officer then reveals that he's aiming his handgun at Archie's testicles, while Archie reveals he's doing the same back to that man's "balls," while another operative also has his gun on the officer under the table. Aldo slowly enters a tavern following a shootout to retrieve a wounded woman. The German soldier there, the only other survivor, makes a deal with Aldo, but aims his machine gun at him, making Aldo mad and cautious. When the soldier puts his gun down, Bridget shoots him dead with her handgun.
Landa questions Aldo and two members of his team as they pose as Italian movie people escorting Bridget to the premiere. Since we know that Landa knows that Bridget is up to no good, that adds to the scene's tension. The same holds true when he takes Bridget off to a private room to interrogate her in his usual style and then gets violent with her.
See "Violence" for details. Throughout the film, various soldiers and guards hold or carry machine guns. We see Hugo sharpening his large knife. We see that members of Aldo's team have dynamite strapped to their legs. Bridget plays a version of "Indian poker" with German soldiers where a famous person or character's name is on the card and the person wearing it on his or her forehead must ask questions to determine that identity. Marcel sneaks around, locking and barring the doors of the theater as he begins carrying out Shosanna's plan to burn the place down and kill everyone inside.