Stories of our Lives

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri


THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award nominee Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

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Discussion Questions

  1. What’s your favourite scene or line from the movie?

  2. Which character do you identify with the most? Why?

  3. Mildred’s unsettling grief is combined with anger at the lack of justice. When is anger a healthy (or unhealthy) companion to grief?

  4. What ingredients does it take to turn an enemy into a friend?

  5. Which Scriptural or Wisdom story/text does ‘Three Billboards’ remind you of?

  6. How did Dixon’s character journey from a man of violence to one searching for justice?

  7. What function does the Mildred-deer scenes play in her character development?

  8. How do you interpret the ambiguous ending? What do you think happens next?
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