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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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No nudity or sex is over shown in the film, just implied.

For Sexual References, details below:

A man in a mental hospital describes picking up a prostitute and hoping that she has "a big bush." He discovers the prostitute is a man when he sees his male private parts.

The man states that he likes hairy arms because it means a big bush and he likes a big bush. He describes she has a thin, crooked, uncircumcised penis. He then says he wanted his money back.

A man describes finding his mother and a neighbor having sex and kills them. It is clear throughout the film that discussion of sex makes the protagonist uncomfortable, which reminds the viewer of his discovery of his mother in the act.

He describes the older teenager boy as laying on top of his mother having his way with her. He reveals she didn't mind it.

Doyle (Dwight Yoakam) makes some comments about Linda and Vaughan.

A man describes murdering his mother and her lover with a sling blade. A man spends time sharpening a lawnmower blade and then kills a man with it by striking him on the head. The killing occurs offscreen.

Another man is also killed offscreen with two strikes to the head.

Doyle's character is extremely abusive when he gets drunk, especially in one scene. He pushes Frank's mother and Frank throws cans and books at him.

No killing is ever shown, but is deeply described and can be disturbing to hear.

Doyle throws a drunken fit in one scene.

Strong language, mostly from an antagonist. 22 f-cks, 13 -sses, 12 sh-ts, 7 sons of b-tches, 3 t-ts, 3 pr-cks, 2 p-ssies, and 1 c-cksucker. Also 19 instances of "damn" (11 with "God") and 8 of "hell".

The scene when Doyle is gets mad and says 30-40 swear words in about 5-6 minutes (words like f**k, s**t, son of a b**ch, g**damn it, etc.)

Doyle is really the only character who ever swears. Frankie says son of a b*tch twice. Some other suggestive words like "pecker" is heard from him several times. Bill Cox and his co-worker swear several times and tell an explicit joke. Karl later repeats it in a less offensive way.

The language is probably the only reason this film is rated R.

One character is an alcoholic. He is seen intoxicated in many scenes and often acts verbally and physically abusive while under the influence.

Casual drinking and smoking.

A couple of characters smoke cigarettes and Mr. Woolridge smokes a tobacco pipe.

Doyle is seen drinking either beer or liquor everytime he is shown. His friends all drink in the scene where they come over.

The opening monologue contains intense discussion of the protagonist's personal history leading up to the murder of his mother and her lover. In several scenes a man threatens other characters. A man is murdered offscreen.

This film due to the strong language and intense violent descriptions should not be shown to anyone over at least 14 or 15.

Rated R for strong language, including descriptions of violent and sexual behavior
Argentina:16 / Australia:M (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) / Canada:14A (original rating) / Finland:K-12/9 / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:12 / Netherlands:16 (original rating) / Netherlands:6 (re-rating) / Norway:11 / Peru:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:PG (cut) / Singapore:NC-16 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:11 / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #34457) / USA:Not Rated (director's cut)

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