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Sex & Nudity

Updated Rating: Rated R for strong brutal violence including sequences of rape throughout, pervasive graphic nudity, and some drug-related material


Although there is graphic female nudity and sexuality that's presented in a straightforward manner, it is in the sake of social commentary and is handled well.

A major theme of the first half is a gang of boys (all around 16-17) who commit violence and rape at night. Their leader (the main character who is shown on the poster) is especially inclined to violence and rape. R

A cafe-like setting uses statues of nude women, some in provocative poses, as furniture or decoration. R

A group of boys similar to the previously mentioned gang are forcibly undressing a woman with the intent to gang-rape her. Her breasts, buttocks and pubic hair are clearly seen but the rape is interrupted, allowing the woman to run away. R/NC17

A gang of boys invade a home and their leader personally rapes a woman while forcing her husband to watch. The woman is forcibly undressed (extended full frontal nudity). The scene cuts away before the actual rape. R

The main character walks around his house wearing only brief underwear. His psychologist talks to him while sitting/lying on a bed. During this he suddenly clasps the main character's crotch. PG13

There is some male rear nudity and brief frontal nudity when a character is being examined before going to jail. R

The main character sees two girls in a record shop while buying something. He takes them to his home and has consensual sex with them. It is fairly explicit, but this scene is edited to be extremely fast-forwarded, and there are no closeups. R

A woman in her 60's exercises wearing a leotard, and her house is filled with sexual art paintings/sculptures. R

A shirtless man is shown reclining on cushions with three topless women. R

A woman wearing only brief panties walks toward a man, camera lingering on her bare breasts, and the man reaches out for her breasts but is unable to touch them due to the fact he gets sick when he thinks of sexual things. Some other males in the room react with awe in this scene. PG13/R

A nurse comes out from behind a curtain with her blouse open and breasts revealed. PG13/R

During a psychological test, there is a drawing of a nude woman in bed. PG13

Sex is referred to several times as "the old in-out". PG13/R

A character has a fantasy (shown) in which a nude woman straddles a man as they frolic in snow while a crowd watches. This is in slow motion and the woman shows full frontal nudity. R

The lobby of a derelict apartment building features a mural with nude figures, with some graffiti over it. PG13

Violence & Gore

The film is not graphically violent, there is almost no blood and there's no gore at all. However, it is disturbing and not recommended for especially sensitive viewers.

Violence & Gore: 9/10

There is a scene where the main character cuts the clothes off of a woman until she is full frontally nude while she struggles but is held by one of his gang members and tapes her mouth shut. He is singing "Singing In the Rain'' and wearing a nose extension during the whole scene and takes off his pants; the scene cuts away before the actual rape. R/NC17

A gang of five young men strip a woman until the viewer is able to see everything as they are just about to gang-rape her when they are interrupted and she manages to escape. R

A young man kills a woman by beating her; we see him raise the object and then land it on her face, the camera however cuts away, we hear a scream and it's implied that she died but no blood at all. He is jailed for murder (the murder was unintentional). PG13

A scene is shown in which a young man thinks about Jesus being beaten by Roman Soldiers and he is one of the soldiers (the scene is potrayed as a dreamlike state). In the same scene a man's throat is cut; little blood pours out. PG13

A scene involves two gangs fighting with chains, canes, baseball bats, and knives. Several characters are brutally beaten and hospitalized. The hospitalization is talked about on-screen; however, we do not see them in the hospital. The scene does not involve blood or gore, and it looks choreographed. PG13

A young man gets hit in the face with a glass milk bottle, he screams, "I'm blind!". He is later shown with a cut across his nose but his sight is okay. PG13

A drunk bum is beaten viciously under a bridge by a gang of four teenage boys for fun. R

A young man grabs a police officer's leg. The officer's colleague punches the young man in the face. This is bloody. PG13

Several bloody punches to the face in a scene. A man spits into another's face. PG13

There are quick flashes of a man with fangs and blood coming from them seeping to his chin. PG

A very quick flash of a woman being hung, (roughly 3 seconds) PG13

Figurines of Jesus Christ with small spots of painted blood are shown. PG13

In a bizarre scene, a man beats up two other men in slow motion to classical music, kicking one in the groin and pushing both into a lake. He offers his hand to help one of them out, and then cuts their hand with a hidden knife while laughing. Blood is shown. PG13

While under psychological conditioning, a young man is forced to watch several violent and bloody acts on a projection with his eyes forced open, including a video of a nude woman being gang-raped. This scene is very intense. PG13/R

A young man jumps out a window, trying to take his life. He is seen later in a hospital bed with cast/bandages showing blood stains and bloody stitches. PG13

Several old men assault a young man, beating him with sticks off-screen. PG/PG13

Two police officers beat up a man, holding his head underwater and beating him with their nightsticks. PG13

The gang's wardrobe has buttons/embellishments that feature eyeballs and other body parts surrounded with fake blood. PG

A man slaps a man several times and forces him to the floor where he tells him to lick his shoe. PG/PG13

In the few instances where blood is shown, it looks like watered down tomato sauce. PG



Suprisingly low for an R/X Rated movie. The f-word is used twice. "Shit" is said infrequently while "bastard" and "hell" are used very frequently, as well as typical British profanity including the term "bloody", along with some sexual slang ("the old in-out in-out"). PG13


A gang of four teenage boys drink "Milk Plus" which is said to be milk laced with drugs such as LSD, mescaline, or amphetamines. Drugs are not shown onscreen. Pg13/R

A young man is forced to empty his pockets for a police officer and pulls out a pack of cigarettes. The detective smokes onscreen. PG

A young woman drinks a glass of red wine. PG

At a Ludovico clinic, a young man is given an injection of an experimental drug. PG

A young man drinks drinks two glasses of wine quickly and collapses from it. PG13


Sexual assault is depicted and violence is often shown (see "Sex & Nudity" and "Violence & Gore" for more details).

The film is about a gang of teenage boys who are obsessed with rape and violence. The protagonist is a very creepy, disturbing, and sadistic individual.

A young man's psychological reconditioning is extremely rough (not violent, but upsetting)

By today's standards, the violence isn't extremely graphic, but it can still be quite upsetting and disturbing.

Despite the strong sexual and violent content, this film does not glamorize any of the above, in fact, it is the complete opposite. Unlike most controversial films, this film wasn't made for the sole purpose of shock.

There are references to Christianity, some of which can be viewed as sacrilegious (using the Bible for sinful pleasure, the Jesus figurines in Alex's room). This can be disturbing for devout Christians.

Rated R for sequences of strong violence throughout, rape, some graphic nudity, and some drug-related material.

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