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Rated R for language, some nudity/sexuality and drug content.

I would say this movie is fine for young teens 13+. There's some language, intense drug content, and a few scenes of nudity. But even if any of that sounds bad it's not as bad as it sounds. But it's a really good comedy movie that teens will most enjoy.

At a party, a number of female guests are briefly shown topless.

A woman is seen waiting in a man's bed topless (we briefly see her bare breasts); it's clear she wants to have sex with the man but he sends her away.

A woman is shown topless in front of a mirror.

After taking the man's temperature to confirm he is sick, a woman undresses exposing she is topless and in a thong.

A man and woman strip down to their undergarments and proceed to kiss passionately (sex is implied; no nudity).

A man loudly says that a few other prisoners in a police station holding cell tried to rape him (he goes so far to say "those men wanted to have sex with me..." and "they tried to bend me over..."). Played for laughs.

A few fist fights.

A man holds another man at gunpoint and threatens to shoot him (no one is hurt) and in another scene, one man holds three men and a woman hostage at gunpoint (again, no one is hurt).

One of the main characters tries to commit suicide twice; once with a handgun (but it doesn't go off) and another by overdosing on pills (he survives, though).

An elderly man suffers an apparent heart attack (he survives, though).

No serious violence and no deaths.

Moderate to strong language is present throughout.

Cigarettes and cigars are smoked throughout the film.

There are mentions of PCP and heroin (the former is seen briefly and orally tested by a police officer).

A man has 1 puff of marijuana but is interrupted and puts the whole thing in his mouth.

People are seen drinking alcohol during various scenes throughout the film (at bars, parties, etc...), some to the point of drunkenness. One of the main characters is seen drinking hard liquor straight from the bottle and seen stumbling about (he is clearly inebriated).

As mentioned above, a man nearly overdoses on pills in an apparent suicide attempt.

Argentina:Atp / Australia:M / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:S / Iceland:L / Netherlands:AL (original rating) / Netherlands:6 (re-rating) / Norway:12 / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:18 (2016) / Sweden:11 / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #26982) / West Germany:16

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