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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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The main character imagines himself running a beer bottle over the breasts of his girlfriend, who is wearing a swimsuit. He is later seen climbing naked out of bed (alone) with his buttocks and genitals briefly visible. A woman attempts to seduce a man outdoors by lying down with him and unbuttoning her blouse, partially exposing her breasts (they don't go any further because the man is too drunk). Two men wrestle drunkenly on the floor in a homoerotic manner; while the scene fades out and nothing more is shown, when the two men wake up on the floor next morning the implication seems to be that they had a sexual encounter off-screen. During a short fantasy/montage sequence a man imagines various other characters embracing each other; the characters in these rapid-fire images are shown naked from the waist up, although no explicit nudity is seen.

Several kangaroos are killed at night by spotlight as well as during the day. Some are wounded by rifle fire, not dying immediately and are physically stabbed or slashed by the characters. Their bodies are later shown cut to pieces. These hunting scenes are shot in a "raw manner" and not glorified. At the end of the film there is a statement discussing why the scenes were included. There is also a brief depiction of a man shooting a wild rabbit which is then cooked over a campfire and eaten.

Some drunken fights.

Near the end of the film, a man attempts suicide by shooting himself in the mouth, but he survives.

Moderate language ("slag", "bitch", "arse", "bastard", "bloody", "hell").

Throughout the film the excessive use of alcohol is a major theme. Alcohol is not glorified, but rather presented as part of the decay. The main character is also seen smoking cigarettes on several occasions. In one scene he is offered an unidentified "hangover pill" to "pep him up."

The scenes in which real kangaroos are killed could upset many viewers.

The whole film has a very intense, unsettling tone.

Australia:SOA (original rating) / Australia:M (2009) / France:12 / Japan:R15+ (2014) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Singapore:M18 / UK:X (original rating: as Outback also) / UK:18 (video rating) (2014) / UK:18 (re-rating) (re-release) (2013) / USA:R

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