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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

Busty hookers are seen on the streets of a gaudy town, but nothing explicit is shown. A man imitates a thrust as he flips people off.

Violence & Gore

The movie revolves around the custody of a young boy who the mob wants killed (due to him knowing the location of the body of a mob hit). The child is threatened in an elevator by a mobster with a knife, but is not harmed.

A lawyer tries to kill himself by asphyxiating himself in his car using a hose, but ends up shooting himself in the head (you see him put the gun in his mouth and pull the trigger, but the actual shooting is offscreen).

You very briefly see a graphically rotted corpse (rotted, discolored flesh, sunken in skull, maggots).

See frightening scenes for more. The movie's not so much violent, its more intense.


Tons of "d**n" and "hell" (including variations). Je*us Chr*st, also, lots of "s" words, plus brief uses of "b**ch". A mobster flips off cops putting the finger at his clothed genital area.

Some drinking.

Bunch of smoking, including 2 kids smoking too.

The main character, Mark Sway (Brad Renfro) explains that he smokes 1 cigarette a day, his mom 40 cigarettes a day, his dad 100 cigarettes a day!!!!

The first 15 minutes of this film is quite disturbing as a guy tries to kill himself (by using a tube attached to a tail pipe, then feeds it through the window). When a child intervenes he tries taking the child with him screaming. He takes a gun out and shoots a window by the child's head. The guy later shoots himself in the mouth (we see the gun go in his mouth, the then go to the child grimacing as the gun goes off).

Later, the child's younger sibling goes into a serious shock (sucking his thumb) and he's hospitalized for the rest of the film and even at the end.

The rest of this film is really not a walk in the park. It deals with the child trying to do right and therefore there are several edge of your seat scenes maybe even hair pulling and nail biting.

A guy whom believes a lady is lying opens a file cabinet and tells her to put her hand in there and tries slamming it shut. It is presumed she gets it free.

A cop explains to a kid about lying and the death penalty. He explains what happens in the electric chair, "the electricity makes your blood boil and fries you into a piece of bacon.........DA-DA-DIGT!!!!!!!!!!!"

A guy threatens to kill a kid in the elevator with a scalpel if he doesn't keep his mouth shut. Later the guy catches the kid and gives chase, and the kid manages to escape.

A kid convulses and apparently goes into shock, but we find out later he faked it, drawing inspiration from his brother, who really has PTSD.

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Rated PG-13 for a child in jeopardy and brief language
Argentina:16 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:M / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Chile:14 / Finland:K-16 / Germany:12 / Iceland:16 / Netherlands:16 (original rating) / Netherlands:12 (re-rating) / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / South Korea:12 (DVD rating) / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / USA:PG-13

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