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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, and some drug use.


A husband and wife embrace on a bed kissing and stripping each other's clothes (no nudity)

Two implications of oral sex. One instance in when a woman crouches down and begins to unzip a man's pants, and another brief and quick glimpse at a woman's head moving up and down over a man's crotch. It is implied in a comical way.

Two characters have a love affair, and dialogue and heavy implications confirm sexual activity between the two.

Lots of crude dialogue about "fucking women" and sex.

Violence & Gore


There isn't a lot in the way of on-screen murders. There's only 4 murders. However, there is nonstop gore.

A man held in the trunk of a car is viciously stabbed and shot several times. Bloody wounds are seen as the knife enters his stomach and bloody bullet holes are seen when he is shot. Quite graphic.

A father repeatedly beats his son with a belt.

A man is bashed over the head with a wine bottle.

Two men set a night club on fire, but we don't see it burning.

A man grabs another man by his hair and brutally hits him in the face with a gun multiple times. A man chokes another man with an electrical cable, but he's fine after.

Two men brutally beat another man. One clubs him with a pistol repeatedly and the other stamps on his head, we see fleeting glances of his boot crunching onto. The pistol whipping causes blood to spray up onto the men. Graphic scene. We see the beaten body and all the gore and blood. Very gross.

Three men are forced to dig up a rotting corpse. We don't see the corpse. We see the body again. One man vomits due to the stench of rotting flesh. Very graphic gore.

A man's face is shown covered in blood after receiving a beating. Disgusting.

A young man is shot in the foot. A bloody wound is seen.

Tommy is shot in the head, a large amount of blood spews from the wound. He falls over and blood pools beneath him.

A young man is shot six times in the chest with a pistol. Blood appears on his shirt.

A man slaps his wife, pulls her hair, and shoves a gun in her face after she pointed a gun to his head and tried to kill him.

A man and his wife are shown dead in a car covered with blood and riddled with bullet holes. Blood is splattered on the car windows and windshield.

A man is shot in the head. A large amount of blood splatters all over a nearby bed.

A man is repeatedly shot off-screen. We see his body covered in a mass of blood.

Two bloody corpses are found in a garbage truck.

A frozen corpse if found hanging from a hook in the back of a meat packing truck.

A man is stabbed in the back of the head with an ice pick.

Goodfellas is renowned for its violence, but the film has a relatively low body count at 10.



2 uses of the word "nigger", many uses of "fuck" and its derivatives and lots of other profanities ("cocksucker" for instance). "Fuck" is said at least 321 times in the movie.


Coke is snorted several times. Mostly implied rather than explicit except for a scene in which we see the character's facial reactions. A major character is addicted to drugs.

Frequent smoking and drinking.


Joe Pesci's character is a complete psychopath, and all scenes involving him are intense as violence is always a strong presence.

Some emotional scenes, and frequent violence.

Total: 45/50; 17+

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