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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

MPAA rating: R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality


Some might be able to make out Butch's private area as he is leaving the shower. Very brief.

Butch is lying in bed with his girlfriend and she begins moaning (it is implied he is stimulating her with his hand). She then asks for "oral pleasure" and he agrees, if she will give him some in return. He then moves off-screen and she begins moaning.

When Butch gets out of the shower, his pubic hair very briefly and barely visible in a shot or two.

Dialogue includes moderate references to oral sex and masturbation. There are a couple of kissing scenes. A man rips off a woman's shirt to give her a shot of adrenaline (she is wearing a bra).

There is a scene where a man rapes another man. It is completely off-screen for a minute or two, with some grunts and other sounds audible. A man then busts into the room to kill the rapists, and we see a few seconds of blurred thrusting. The rapists are killed. This sequence is very sadomasochistic.

Violence & Gore


Two men are shot in an apartment. We see mild amounts of blood

A woman snorts raw, extremely potent heroin, mistaking it for cocaine. She violently overdoses. Blood and mucus pour from her nostrils and vomit leaks out of her mouth.

A man is exiting a bathroom when he is shot repeatedly. He falls back into the bathroom and dies. We see blood soaking his shirt and sprayed out of his chest and onto the bathroom wall.

A man runs over another man with his car and then crashes into another car. The man who was run over survives. The man driving the car is seen with a large split in his nose. Quite bloody.

A woman is accidentally shot (we see blood spurt); she collapses and screams in agony (we do not see what happens to her after this).

Two men get into a violent fist fight in a pawn shop, one of whom prepares to shoot the other but is interrupted. One of them is hit in the head with the butt of a shotgun and knocked unconscious by a third man; the other man passes out from his injuries.

There is a rape scene (see 'Sex & Nudity' for more detail).

A man is sliced and then stabbed with a samurai sword. We see a large streak of blood all the way across his shirt.

A man is shot in the groin. You can briefly see a large chunk of flesh as well as blood spray violently from the wound.

A man bursts out of a room and two hit-men shoot him repeatedly (we see bloody bullet holes).

A man riding in the back of a car is accidentally shot in the face. The impact of the bullet is off-screen, but we see lots of blood splatter all over the back window. The interiors of the blood-covered car are shown for a long period of time, as the two men in the front (also covered in quite some blood) have to drive it to a certain location. They are then instructed to clean all the blood, skull, and brains out of the car. They are shown doing this (no skull or brains seen, but still blood on the windows) and discussing how messy the situation is. The body is briefly shown. This entire sequence is very graphic.

Two men talk about another man being thrown off an apartment balcony and landing in a greenhouse multiple stories below; we are told the man survives but has a speech impediment (this incident is brought up by a man and a woman later in the film).

Though a boxing match is not seen on screen, we are told that one boxer kills another. The victorious boxer expresses remorse under his breath, but then tells another character he doesn't feel any remorse at all.



Very pervasive profanity. At the time of release, this film was noted for its many uses of the word "f*ck" and its variations (270+ times). Many uses of "sh*t," "b*tch," "a**," "hell," "damn," etc. Crude anatomical terms and religious profanity are used as well. "N*gg*r" is used 19 times, along with other racially charged words.


Characters are seen smoking (both tobacco and what may be marijuana) and drinking throughout.

Two men talk about the availability of marijuana in Amsterdam.

We see a man buying heroin from a dealer. Lots of drug-filled bags are seen lying about. After choosing a certain type of heroin, he decides to shoot up. He prepares the drug with a lighter and spoon. We then see a graphic close-up shot as he inserts the needle into his vein, draws out blood, mixes it with the heroin, and injects it.

A woman is seen snorting cocaine multiple times.

A woman snorts cocaine and raw, extremely potent heroin at the same time. She violently overdoses. Blood and snot pours from her nostrils, and vomit leaks out of her mouth.

A woman is seen with a bong.


There is a scene where a woman overdoses on cocaine. She has to be stabbed with a adrenaline needle. Very intense, and should not be seen by the faint of heart.

The most intense parts are the car crash, shot-in-the-face scene, and "Zed" portion of the movie. 17+

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Rated R for strong graphic violence and drug use, pervasive strong language and some sexuality
Argentina:18 / Australia:R / Brazil:18 / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Canada:13+ (Quebec; re-rating) / Canada:R (original rating) / Canada:18A (re-rating) / Canada:18A (Alberta) (2009) / Chile:18 / Chile:14 (re-release 2014) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-18 (original rating) (1995) (uncut) / Finland:K-16 (video rating) (1995) (cut) / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:18 / Iceland:16 / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:VM18 (original rating) / Italy:VM14 (re-rating on appeal) (1997) / Japan:R-15 / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Poland:15 / Portugal:M/16 / Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) (cut) / Singapore:R21 (re-rating) (uncut) / South Africa:18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 / UK:18 (original rating) / UK:18 (video rating) (1995) (cut) / USA:R (certificate #33107)

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