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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

There's nothing extremely "sexual" in this movie, but there is some suggestive material as well as some partial nudity and a few sexual references. These scenes are detailed below.

A young woman strips down to her underwear in front of a man and somewhat suggestively asks him if he has "ever been with a woman"; he says no. She then takes off her bra and we see her entire bare back and catch a very quick glimpse of the side of her breast when she places the man's hand on it. The man looks away at first but takes a peek after a few seconds and it's implied that he has an orgasm. She then puts her bra back on and he comments that he ruined the robe he was wearing.

A fully nude woman sitting on a stool in front of a small audience plays a guitar and sings (the guitar and her crossed legs cover all the sensitive body parts, but the top of her buttocks and the side of her breast are seen very briefly from behind). One of the men in the audience tries to climb onto the stage and give her money, other men yell crude comments, and another man climbs onto the stage and tries to pick her up to protect her. She then yells at him to leave her alone and we briefly see her butt and part of her breast again as she walks off-stage.

A man tosses another man a pornographic magazine and makes a crude reference to a picture inside it; the second man opens the magazine and we see catch a very quick glimpse of a picture of a topless woman as he turns a page, but it's extremely brief and from a distance, so it's not very explicit. We then see a picture of another woman with one bare breast showing, but it's not the focus of what's on the page and it's difficult to make out much detail.

A woman climbs into bed with a man, she removes her top to reveal her bare back, and they kiss passionately. Sex is implied.

It is briefly but strongly implied that a young girl is being sexually abused by her father. A man, narrating, talks about how the father was always "kissing and touching" her and we see a police officer taking her away to live somewhere else.

A man and a woman have sex noisily (off-screen) while a child listens from outside. The child later mimics the sound the obnoxious heaving sounds the man was making as the man leaves.

Men change clothes in a locker room where we briefly see a man's pubic hair while he dries his crotch with a towel, as well as a few bare butts in the background.

It is implied that a young man and a young woman begin having sex in a car and it appears as though he slams her against the inside of the car door (she tells him he is hurting her). However, this scene is brief, it's seen entirely from outside the car through foggy windows, and they are interrupted before it goes any further.

A man says he was shot in the buttocks and we briefly see part of his bare buttock from the side a couple times as he lies on a hospital gurney. Someone later says he would like to see the bullet wound, so the man pulls down his pants to show him (we see his entire right buttock for about a second).

Other mildly suggestive scenes include a woman appearing to have had sex with a man who is shown shirtless in bed sleeping, a young girl climbing into bed with a young boy (nothing happens), Elvis Presley being shown on a television shaking his hips suggestively (a woman tells her young son it is not appropriate to watch him dance like that), two women appearing to kiss each other (they do so behind a man's head so the actual kiss is out of view), a woman in her underwear straddling a shirtless man and kissing him passionately, and another woman beginning to kiss a man passionately but stopping when he pushes her away and stands up.

Violence & Gore

A prolonged scene takes place during the Vietnam War in which fighter planes drop incinerator bombs on a jungle, weapons are fired, and several men are shown being shot at and blown up; lots of gunfire, explosions, and shouting (as well as some blood) is present. The actual fighting isn't graphic, but it's violently intense and results in the death of at least one man and in the decapitation of another man's legs; we also briefly see a bloody wound on a man's stomach and a man narrating the scene says he was shot in the buttocks (we briefly see the bullet hole on his buttock when he later shows the wound to another man). Men are later seen in a hospital, where we see men on gurneys hooked up to medical equipment and in various stages of injury, some with missing limbs; one man is briefly shown with half his face covered with a blood-stained cloth.

A woman implies she is considering suicide by getting up on a ledge on the side of a bridge, leaning over the railing, and asking if God would allow her to fly off the bridge. A man asks with concern what she means and the woman gets off the ledge. However, she seems to strongly contemplate suicide again later in the film in a scene where she stands at the top of a building, clearly high on drugs, and her foot slips, though she is able to recuperate and decides not to jump.

There's the insinuation of sexual child abuse: a young girl is said to have been "kissed and touched" by her father, who in one scene is shown chasing after his daughter when she runs through a cornfield to get away from him (we are not told whether he caught up with her or not, but we do learn that the girl was taken by the police to live elsewhere).

Bullies insult, throw rocks at, and chase another boy (one rock hits him in the head and we see a little bit of blood). Later, the boy is shown older and he is again chased by bullies in a car. He manages to escape from the bullies both times, unharmed the second time.

An African American man shouts at a white man that the goal of white people is to rape and kill African Americans and destroy their communities (this is brief, but it has strong racist overtones and may be upsetting); another racially tense scene includes a brief depiction of the 1963 "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" incident (we hear a couple of racial slurs uttered).

Some other more violent historical events are also shown, including newsreels of George Wallace getting shot (we see some blood) and assassination attempts on Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. The assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and John Lennon are also referenced, but not shown.

Several fistfights occur throughout the movie that result in bloody noses, black eyes, and other minor injuries. One such fight ensues from a man's violent reaction to a woman getting slapped across the face and knocked to the ground.

People make mocking references to a man's low intelligence throughout the film and he is made fun of for it several times, often behind his back or without him fully understanding what they're talking about.

A woman calls a man "stupid" and another man shouts at her to not call him that and throws her onto a bed (not too violently).

A powerful storm thrashes a large boat on a lake and we later see a news report that it was a hurricane. Some intense damage to boats, docks, and part of a town is shown (though it's not clear whether people were hurt or not).

Milder violence includes a woman approaching the house she grew up in and angrily throwing rocks and her shoes at it, breaking a window; a man running through a pile of dog feces (not shown); people making fun of a young boy for wearing braces on his legs; a boat crashing into a dock (no one is hurt); and a brief car accident.


Profanity is heard throughout the movie and includes at least 3 F-words, although one of those is partially obscured by gunfire and shouting (it's difficult to hear even if you're looking for it), and another is obscured by microphone feedback. The word "goddamn" is used frequently (about 21 times).

Additional language includes 10 uses of "shit" (which is also seen written on a bumper sticker), 6 uses of "ass," 4 sexual references, a crude slang term for female breasts, about 22 mild obscenities, 6 religious exclamations, 3 racial slurs, and rather frequent name calling (stupid, idiot, fool, etc).

Heavy drug use and addiction is implied around the middle of the film, and the effects of the drugs are shown in some detail, but note that it's clear that the film ultimately puts recreational drug use in a negative light and does not condone it.

A woman seems to be an addict and is shown snorting cocaine. It is later implied that she had just injected herself with heroin and she then seems to contemplate suicide while clearly very high on drugs.

Cigarettes are shown in an ashtray in a hotel room while two women make sexual advances toward two men in the room. Both women are clearly intoxicated and one of the men may be also. The other man says the woman who was kissing him tasted "like cigarettes."

Bongs, ashtrays, bottles of pills, and other drug paraphernalia are shown a couple times (we never see them being used, however).

A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes. He also drinks heavily later in the film and it is implied that he is an alcoholic, as we see empty bottles of alcohol littered around his apartment.

We briefly see a bottle of alcohol in a man's hand as he runs out of a house.

Most of the drug use, sexual material, and other such content in this movie is more implied than actually shown, but it still may be too intense for younger viewers. Some viewers may find a few scenes quite emotionally frightening and intense.

A war scene in Vietnam is very violent and intense and has lots of gunfire, explosions, and shouting. Some bloody wounds are shown and at least one man is killed. Soldiers are later seen seriously injured, and some with missing limbs and bandaged in a hospital. A man's legs are amputated as a result of what happened in the aforementioned Vietnam War sequence and he is for some time depicted as being a very bitter and seemingly depressed person who has turned to alcohol to deal with his loss. This may be a little intense for some.

A woman stands at a bridge railing and considers jumping to her death. Later the same woman, now high on drugs, is standing at the top of a high building, considering the same thing. The camera shows the road below her, and her foot slips. She ultimately is able to resurface herself back onto the building, and does not jump.

A woman dies of an unnamed disease that is implied to be HIV/AIDS. Her husband is shown standing at her grave crying, which may be a very emotional scene for some.

Another woman dies of cancer earlier in the film. Very emotional.

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Rated PG-13 for drug content, some sensuality and war violence
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