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Parents Guide for
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A woman forces a young man to strip at knifepoint. His buttocks can be seen and we briefly see his genitals. It is implied that she performs oral sex on him.

A young man runs nude across a room. His buttocks and semi-erect penis are briefly visible.

Her gown slips slightly, showing her pubic region for a few seconds. The man forcefully thrusts several times afterwards.

A woman and a young man have sex. They are both nude, her breasts and his buttocks are visible. They kiss, there is minimal movement.

A battered woman wanders around fully nude. Her breasts, buttocks and pubic region are visible. A young man and woman help her, and she clutches to the man and kisses him.

Some strong sexual references.


A man is shot in the head, blood splatters and you see brains all over the floor.

An unconscious man with a bloody wound where his ear was is swiftly shot dead.

A man is shown covered in blood, having been given a crude lobotomy off-screen. The head wound is visible throughout the scene.

A man is moderately beaten by another while held by several men.

A man finds a decomposing severed ear.

A man slaps a woman several times across the face before an aberrant and bizarre sexual assault scene.


There is no swearing at all until Frank appears.

56 uses of 'fuck' from one character in an aggressive and sexual manner.


A man inhales unidentified gas from a mask. A man pops an unidentified tablet into another's mouth. Some beer drinking.


The film is dark in tone, and it contains disturbing material.

Total Content Estimation: 45/50


Suggested MPAA Rating: R for strong aberrant sexuality including an assault, and for language, some violent content and graphic nudity.

Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ / Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) / Brazil:16 / Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2007) / Czech Republic:15 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 (1999) / Finland:K-18 (1987) / France:12 / Greece:K-17 (tv rating) / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:T / Italy:VM18 (VHS rating) (self applied) / Japan:R-15 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Norway:15 (re-rating) (2007) / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R(A) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:18 (canton of the Grisons) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #28301) / West Germany:16 / West Germany:18 (original rating)

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