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The fully nude corpse of a young woman is seen several times. Her pube, breasts and buttocks are visible.

A girl flirts with a guy and touches his thigh; they kiss and have sex. They are both clothed and the scene is brief, we only see the girl thrusting on top of him and hear the guy moaning. A post-sex scene with the couple lying and hugging is seen. Later on, when they get up, we see the guy's briefs and the girl's panties, very briefly.

A girl and a guy kiss at a distance.

A blow-up doll is seen several times, and a character mimes giving himself oral sex with it.

A female highschool student has a cruch on his teacher and flirts with him.

Some sexual references.

A guy yells several times at a man to jerk him off.


The whole movie revolves around a murder. Other than that, there isn't any noticeable or graphic violence. Characters are often threatened with guns and baseball bats including once in the commission of a robbery.

A highschool girl is strangled to death by her boyfriend (we see the murder in a flashback). We repeatedly see her nude corpse. The murder is mentioned many times in the movie. Later on we see her in a coffin as her funeral is celebrated.

A character is shot to death offscreen.

A man is beaten on the head with a baseball bat twice by two kids. His head bleeds. They steal his gun.

Some people find a guy's dead body. We see some blood on his face.

A kid points a gun to a guy.

A guy points a gun to a man's head.

A man points his gun to a guy twice throughout the movie.

A guy hits a kid several times. The kid's mouth and nose are bloody.

Two scenes of guys struggling and fighting with each other.

Two 12 years-old kids hit some lobsters inside a bucket (offscreen).

A guy steals a cat and proposes to drug it.

A 12 years-old kid threatens an older guy and says he's gonna die for what he's done. Afterwards he is seen looking for a gun with his friend of the same age. One of the kids brings the gun to a school.

A man talks about how he killed a girl by shooting her in the head. That murder is mentioned a few times in the movie.

A man talks about how he lost his leg in an accident (we see him using a wooden leg).

A woman mentions how a man was often beaten up by his father when he was young. The man tells her that her two sons might need the same treatment.

Some policemen find a girl's corpse in a river and are seen taking it out of the water.

A guy proposes to bury a girl's corpse. Later on, it is implied that he decides to hide it in the river instead.

Two 12 years-old kids want to see a girl's dead body.

A person makes a reference of the procession of people who go and see a dead girl's body.

A young man shoots in the air.

Some arguments.

A guy is taken away by the police and then interrogated.

A guy is interrogated by a policeman.

Some people see a blow up doll in a river and mistake it for a real woman.

Two underage kids steal a car and drive it.

A weapon store is broken into and robbed.


The F-word is used about 60 times. The S-word is used about 30 times. There are assorted vulgar insults and profanities in the dialogues (including Son Of A Bitch, Dick, Jerk, etc.).


Underage drinking, smoking, and drug use is often pictured. Many characters, including a 12 years-old, drink beer, smoke cigarettes, and smoke marijuana frequently.

2 guys visit a man who gives them drugs (it is implied it happens regularly).

2 kids find marijuana.

A 12 years-old kid says he wants to smoke a joint so bad.

A high-schooler asks his mother for dope and steals one of her joints (we never see the woman smoking but it is implied that she does).

A guy steals a cat and proposes to drug it.

A man says his sister brings him drugs once a year.

Some guys and girls are seen drinking beer.

A guy buys beer cans.

A guy wants to buy a can of beer, but the man at the shop refuses because he does not have the ID with him.


The whole movie revolves around a murder.

The most disturbing scenes are the ones involving two 12 years-old kids, who steal cars, use drugs, hit people, and overall show off a criminal, mean behaviour.

Some arguments and emotional moments.

A woman tells her son that giving birth to him and his little brother was a mistake.

A guy is interrogated by a policeman.

A guy is taken away by the police and then interrogated.

Although several scenes might be considered intense, none of them are designed to make the audience jump.

Total Explicit Rating: 34/50 - This movie is suitable for ages 14 and up (drug use, language, violence, nudity, sensuality).

Australia:R18+ / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1988) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM18 / New Zealand:R18 / Russia:18+ / Singapore:M18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R / West Germany:16

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