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Parents Guide for
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We briefly see black and white photos of a man and a woman commiting sexual acts(no nudity).

Some sexual discussion especially about incest.

One scene of a topless woman in bed; for the most part, only her breasts (from a side angle) are visible. Her nipples are seen briefly as she turns toward the camera.

When a detective goes to visit a doctor for postmortem procedures, we see a dead man's bare groin area, from a distance, for a few seconds.

Two murdered bodies are discovered at two different times in the film(1 man and 1 woman).

A man's nose is slit, blood is shown, but he quickly covers it.

Some fistfights, including characters being beaten up and thrown against walls.

A woman is slapped many times.

A woman has a black eye implying that her husband struck her.

A woman is shot through the eye and killed(we don't see the impact but we briefly see the bloody wound).

A man is shot in the arm and slightly injured.

There are 2 F-words, there are also some mild racial stereotyping by the characters. Also God's name taken "for Christ's sake", "son of a bitch", "asshole'.

Smoking throughout entire movie. Many drinking scenes.

The entire movie is fairly intense. Many characters are threatened.

There are two murders.

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for some violence, brief nudity, and some language

Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:12 / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) / Canada:R (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:18 / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Iceland:16 / Japan:PG12 (2014) / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:15 (tv rating) / UK:15 (re-release) (re-rating) (2007) (2012) / UK:15 (video rating) (1987) (1992) / USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #23916) / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / West Germany:16 (f)

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