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Role play occurs before John Candy removes the top of a woman. Side view of a breast from the back/side of a topless woman for maybe 10 seconds. There are also 3 not-so-oblique references to masturbation (2 related to women, 1 related to a man).

A bear gets shot in its backside.

There are 53 curses total.

26 of the swearing occurrences are religiously-based: 15 misuses of "God," and 2 more are coupled with the 'd' word; a full 7 abuses of "Jesus," 1 misuse of "Christ," and another instance where both are used in conjunction.

The other 27 are comprised by 15 instances of "hell," 8 uses of the 's' word, and 4 of the 'd' word.

Crass language is also in abundance: 13 uses of "a**," 3 "butt," 1 "bitch," 3 "son of a bitch," 1 "crap," 3 "bastard," 1 "ball-slappin'," and 1 "thick-dick."

There are also 28 minced oaths (like "Jeez").

A couple of bar scenes at the main camp lodge. Only adults are seen with alcohol, no teens drinking during their "hanging out" times. The main character, Chet, selects club soda during a party, because he states he is the Designated Driver.

A scene where a small bat gets in the house during the night. It is played for laughs as they try to kill it (in slap-stick fashion). But, they do kill it when caught which may upset some viewers.

There is both a flashback story about a big bear, and a climactic scene involving a bear coming into contact. It is also played for laughs, but it is also suspenseful and puts the kids and family at direct risk which may be intense for younger ones.

The two twin girls may look kind of creepy.

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