Somethin’ Your Daddy Never Did: Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud,’ Love, and Manhood

By  · Published on March 18th, 2017

An FSR/OPS original video essay.


Jeff Nichols’ Mud tells of a lost soul (Matthew McConaughey) returned to the small river community that raised him for the dual purpose of evading the law and reuniting with an old love. It also tells of a young boy (Tye Sheridan) who over the course of the film and the perils he encounters – both physically and emotionally – learns how to be a man. It is a film of fathers and sons, real and metaphorical, and ultimately it is a story about love.

In my latest video essay, I explore the connection between the film’s various father figures and their influence and impact on a young man’s coming-of-age.

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