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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 1-10 scale applies to the original R rated version. There is also a PG rated version of this film, however it is only available on the now defunct VHS format. The bottom half describes the content which has been either removed, or toned down for the PG version.


A couple have sex in the back seat of a car. They are only briefly shown thrusting but you can hear loud moaning and sexual talk from outside the car.

A stripper is shown a couple times. Her breasts are shown.

A man rapes a woman in the back seat of a car. This scene can be disturbing and she is heard crying. Her left breast is shown. There isn't a lot of nudity, there is barely (if any) thrusting however this scene is very emotional.

A man is going to have sex with a woman but upon finding out she has no protection he asks her to give him a blowjob but they are interrupted by his friends so nothing happens.

There are scenes that take place in in a character's bedroom and there are a couple of posters on the wall with a very sexual image.

At a dance lesson place a woman wears a tight shirt, she obviously has no bra on because her nipples are visible through her shirt.

The sex scenes are not particularly graphic however they are definitely R-rated material.

*For the PG version, all nudity and sex scenes were removed including the rape scene. All strong sexual innuendos and dialogue were also removed. There is still a scene of Tony and Annette making out in the back of a car but both are fully clothed. Later Annette hands Tony some condoms but the scene is very brief. Tony also attempts to make out with Stephanie, but she quickly runs away from him. She also accuses him of being a rapist towards the end of the movie, though not much emphasis is placed on this. One of Tony's friends also confesses to his brother, a priest that he got his girlfriend pregnant and remains curious as to whether or not he should get an abortion, however it is treated more as a learning lesson rather than something negative.


One of the main character's becomes drunk and falls off a very high bridge and dies.

Tony and his friends attack a gang who injured their friend. It is quite violent. There is a lot of bruises seen later on the characters and we see a lot of blood and bruises during the sequence.

*In the PG version, the fighting scenes are still there, but are shortened to not be as brutal as in the original R rated version. The other aforementioned scene remains in this version as well.


Around 82 F words, 6 uses of c**t, 3 uses of p*ssy, several uses of ass. 1 use of t*ts, 4 uses of goddamn and other religious profanities, 2 uses of d*ck, 3 uses of cock, 2 uses of n**ger, Several uses of sp**k. 4 uses of fag.

1 hand gesture, A woman flips off a man.

*In the PG version all the aforementioned strong language is removed, and either dubbed with milder language to the likes of "hell", and "damn", or some scenes were re-shot with entirely different dialogue altogether in place of the strong language. Other language in this version includes one or two "son-of a bitches" and one or two "Jesus Christ's." "Sp**k" is still used, however "n**ger" is not.


Many people drink and smoke throughout.

*It remains the same in the PG version, but in some instances where there is drug content it's a little more toned down.


One of the main characters has very low self esteem and throughout the movie he is trying to seek advice regarding himself and a girl he impregnated. He is consistently either ignored or ridiculed. By the end of the film he feels he has no way out and jumps off a bridge. Very tragic scene.

The rape scene is disturbing.

*As aforementioned the rape scene is entirely removed from the PG version. Annette is still seen crying afterwards, although it's very unclear as to why she is doing so. It's implied that she may have had an argument with one of the other characters, but nothing is ever said or seen in regards to the rape sequence that was in the original R rated version.

Suggested MPAA Rating(s) for both theatrical versions: Original R rated uncut version: Rated R for sexuality/nudity including rape, racial epithets, strong language throughout, some drug content and violence.

PG Edited version: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content/innuendo, mild language including racial epithets, some violence, and brief drug content.

The original uncut R rated version is strictly for older teenagers and adults only and is only suitable for those 17 and up.

The PG edited version is fine for teens 13 and up, and should be fine even for pre-teens as long as it is viewed with a parent. This version is the most common that is shown when the film airs on network television. In all honesty though the PG version compromises the point of the film.

Rated R for strong language, sexuality/nudity and some drug content (2002 re-rating)
Argentina:16 / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2002) / Brazil:16 (re-rating) (2014) / Brazil:12 (video rating) (1999) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (edited US version) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:R (original rating) / Canada:14A (re-rating) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Iceland:L / Italy:VM14 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Netherlands:AL / Netherlands:16 (orginal rating) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:18 / Norway:16 (cut) / Peru:18 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 (original rating) / Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1978) / UK:X (original rating) / UK:18 (video rating) / UK:PG (video rating) (cut) / UK:A (re-rating) (1979) (cut) / USA:PG (certificate #25042) / USA:R (certificate #38795) (2002 re-rating) / West Germany:12

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