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Parents Guide for
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The main plot of the movie is about two men that are on trial for the murder of a guard that sexually abused them at a juvenile facility when they were boys.

A group of boys create a peephole and spy on a group of women in a changing room. Most are in their underwear, one is topless.

A man asks a boy to completely undress in front of him

A man tells a boy to perform oral sex on him (not shown on screen)

Cries and moans are heard from boys being raped by guards (not shown on screen)

A boy is told to pray while one guard sodomizes him. This is probably the most disturbing scene in the film but is not particularly graphic.

There are only rare occasions violence is shown in this movie but most of these scenes involve children and can be intense.

We see the body of a man hanging from a lamppost.

There are a few scenes of domestic abuse (they are mostly heard).

In a flashback, we see a man shoot a guy in both kneecaps several times (the sound is muted).

An elderly man points a gun at two young men. He tells a third young man to run (we hear the sound of gunshots and it is assumed that the elderly man killed the two).

After one of the boys are put in the hospital by his stepfather, Father Bobby pays the stepfather a visit, telling him that next time he touches one of the boys, "he will need a priest to pray over his body".

After a joke goes awry, a hot-dog stand is pushed down some stairs and hits a man (he lives and we briefly see his unconscious body behind the stand).

A fight breaks out at a mess hall at an institution. The two boys fight until they are seperated by a guard.

A leading guard then hits a boy in the chest with his night-stick and forces him and his friends to eat food off the floor.

Scenes of rape and torture involving children are shown, nothing too explicit though.

A football-match shows the boys and the guards violently tussle.

Several young boys are beaten by guards, sometimes on-screen. We hear one of them was beaten to death.

A man is shot several times, including a shot to the groin. He is left to suffer for a few moments until he's finished off by a shot to the head (blood sprays from the wounds)

A man is shot in the head (blood sprays)

We see the bloody corpses of two young men in black-and-white photos

About 39 or so uses of "fuck", along with quite a bit milder language as well. The second half of the movie doesn't have as much swearing as the first half.

Several characters smoke a lot of times.

Several characters are known to suffer from alcoholism and/or drug abuse/addiction. No scenes of illicit drug use.

References to alcohol use, and several scenes of adults drinking at a pub.

The scenes at the home for boys are intense, and strong violence and sexual abuse against children play a major role in the plot throughout the film.


Suggested MPAA Rating: R for graphic violence, language and some strong sexual content.

Rated R for language, graphic violence and two scenes of strong sexual content
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Australia:M / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 (bw) / Iceland:16 / Italy:T / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:PG (original rating) (cut) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (original rating) / UK:18 (video rating) (1997) / USA:R

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