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Parents Guide for
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There is some adult nudity with in this film. Medically explicit.

There is a sex scene that is interrupted by a phone call. No nudity is shown.

A medical student lifts up a cloth covering a corpse's genitals to flirtatiously taunt a female medical student. Only the top of the genitals are seen for a split second.

When Julia Roberts goes "under" she is wearing a white bra and CPR is preformed on her.


Some brief bloody surgery detail and violence. Mild horror.

Medical students work on corpses during an exam. The bodies are mostly covered up and not focused on but at one point the inside of a corpse is shown.

One character is constantly taunted by someone from his past who beats him violently, leaving many prominent bruises and wounds.

A character stitches up a gash on his own face in a mirror.

Several flashback scenes involving three kids throwing stones at a boy in a tree and his eventual fall onto the ground.


14 uses of "Fuck." Along with some other mild swear words.


Infrequent smoking.


The film focuses on the taboo subject 'Death' so it may scare/frighten sensitive viewers. Some loud 'jump' moments.

Should be fine for anyone aged 13/14 and up if they are smart enough to understand the complicated plot.

Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A (Manitoba) (TV rating) / Canada:R (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-16 / Finland:K-15/13 (2001 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) / France:12 / Iceland:14 / Iceland:16 (video rating) / Netherlands:16 (original rating) / Netherlands:12 (re-rating) / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:15 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #30218) / West Germany:16

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