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Sex/Nudity: 10/10

A woman dreams of showering nude while watching a shirtless man through the glass shower door (we see the side of her bare buttocks, her bare breasts, and her pubic region); another man appears behind her, cups his hand over her crotch, and thrusts violently from behind; the woman wakes up in bed with a man thrusting on top of her (she moans pleasurably and he climaxes).

A man and a woman kiss passionately in the back of a taxi; he lies her back on the seat, caresses her clothed buttocks, opens her dress, and kisses her bare breast; he removes her panties and reaches between her legs (manual stimulation is implied; the woman moans and screams as she presumably climaxes); the two then go to the man's apartment, where sex is implied (we later learn the man has venereal disease).

A nude woman gets out of bed (we see the side of her bare breast and her bare buttocks).

A high-class call-girl is shown entering and/or leaving men's apartments in a few scenes (sex is implied).

A gang attempts to rape a woman and the members make sexually suggestive comments.

A woman undresses down to her underwear and poses seductively in front of a man (her nearly bare breasts including half a nipple are visible, as well as part of her bare buttocks and cleavage); she crudely asks him to have sex with her and makes a reference towards his erection.

A man is revealed to be a transsexual who wants to undergo sex-change surgery; a woman provides a detailed explanation of what the surgery entails.

A woman disrobes to shower (the side of her bare breast is visible from a distance); while she showers, we see her bare breasts and buttocks.

Violence & Gore: 8/10

A woman dreams of being grabbed in the shower by a man who thrusts violently from behind and holds his hand over her mouth.

A woman slashes another woman's hand with a razor (blood seeps from the wound) and corners her in an elevator; she proceeds to violently and repeatedly slash the woman in various areas of her body (blood sprays all over the elevator, the woman becomes covered with blood, and we see the bloody razor).

Two taxis drive recklessly in one scene as a woman in one taxi attempts to escape another woman in a second taxi.

A gang attempts to rape a woman; they chase her through a subway until she is attacked by another woman with a razor; a teenage boy sprays the woman with the razor in the eyes with mace and she runs away.

A woman raises a razor to slash another woman when a third woman shoots the woman with the razor in the shoulder (we see the bloody wound and blood sprays onto one woman's hands).

A man strangles a woman to death.

A woman dreams that her throat is slit by another woman with a razor (blood pours from the wound); she wakes up in bed screaming.

Profanity: 7/10

At least 14 F-words, many sexual references, 3 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, 4 religious exclamations.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 3/10

Adult characters drink alcoholic beverages and smoke cigarettes in a few scenes.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 10/10

The murder scenes are very disturbing and gory. The themes of this film are absolutely not for children. Some are transsexuality, the double identity, delirium ...

An idea of how accurate the TECE (below) is: 5-10 is little-kid suitable, G-rated type (i.e. Care Bears, Sleeping Beauty); 10-15 is going to be a little harsher, but not by much (i.e. The Incredibles); 15-20 could be pretty high up there (i.e. Indiana Jones), 20-25 can be less kid-suitable (i.e. The Dark Knight); 25-30 is going to be a film most likely not suitable for children (i.e. Psycho); 30-40 is going to be a film meant for adults and not for children (i.e. Saving Private Ryan), and films that go over 40 (THIS) are high in explicit content and only for mature audiences

Total Explicit Content Estimation: 33/50 ---- NOT FOR UNDER 15 YEARS OLD

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for bloody violence, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and some language

Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ / Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) / Brazil:14 / Canada:R / Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1996) / Finland:K-18 (cut) (1980) / France:16 / Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM18 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 (1981) / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / UK:X (original rating) / UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (1990) (2002) / USA:R (certificate #25948) / USA:X (original rating) / USA:Unrated (uncut version) / West Germany:18 (original rating)

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