The Basketball Diaries
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A female prostitute offers to give oral sex to a group of men.

A male character resorts to prostituting himself at one point. He is seen receiving oral sex from another man in the bathroom, but all you see is the man following him into a bathroom stall and then dropping to his knees.

One character tries to pay another for sex.

A male and female character have sex.

Two male characters watch a stripper.

A basketball coach is a pedophile who attempts to solicit sex from the main character.


Jim has a fantasy where he is seen killing his classmates with a shotgun with bloody results.

Jim is paddled by his teacher.

Jim and his friends get into a fight with another basketball team. Jim throws a basketball at a man's head while Mickey hits him with a bottle, breaking it. They then repeatedly kick the other team while they are on the ground.

Jim pushes Swifty into a wall causing his nose to bleed.

Mickey threatens Pedro with an unloaded gun

Mickey accidentally pushes a drug dealer off a roof, killing him. He then runs outside and is beaten by a few people and left for the police.

A man punches Jim causing him to bleed and then pushes him down a flight of stairs.

Jim tries to attack Reggie.

Mickey's brother, Kenny, tackles Mickey to the ground and breaks his arm.


Frequent strong language. 78 uses of fuck including motherfucker and a whole bunch of shit, goddamnit, dammnit, asshole, ass, and more.


The film is about heroin use so there are plenty of scenes of using and talking about heroin. The characters also smoke marijuana and Jim is seen snorting cocaine. There is talk of using uppers and downers. Jim and his friends are seen smoking cigarettes throughout.


A teenager goes through graphic heroin withdrawals (vomiting, grunting, excessive shaking, and severe pain). The teen begs for just a little heroin.

A group of boys are kicked off the basketball team for drug use. That night one of them has an intense argument with his mother and is kicked out of the house.

The school shooting scene might make people feel uncomfortable (since it resembles the Columbine tragedy, although the film predates Columbine by 4 years).


Rated R for graphic depiction of drug addiction with related strong violence,sexuality and language
Australia:R / Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (British Columbia) / Canada:14A (DVD rating) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-15 (video rating) / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:12 (bw) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM14 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R(A) / South Korea:(Banned) (original rating) / South Korea:18 (re-rating) (cut) / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:R (NO. 33624)

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