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MPAA Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence

Sex & Nudity

  • 7/10
  • Some crude humor
  • A man in a dream looks up a bunch of women's skirts ( nothing shown )
  • A nude women runs through people's backyards ( only her butt, and briefly her breasts are shown due to the shadows. Shown from a distance )

Violence & Gore

  • 7/10
  • The violence is mostly played for comedy, yet some instances contain true threat .
  • Walter pulls a gun on a man during a bowling match because of a foot foul.
  • A man punches another guy.
  • Thugs come into The Dude's place and smash things with a cricket bat.
  • Walter takes a crowbar and thrashes a new car.
  • A police officer throws a coffee mug at a man's forehead and then pushes him to the floor.
  • A thug grabs a man and shoves his head into a toilet several times.
  • A thug urinates on the Dude's rug, we see him from behind. No nudity is seen.
  • Walter severely beats up three men at the end of the film, and bites the ear off one of them. Afterwards he is shown with blood on his face. The scene ends as Donny suffers from a heart attack.
  • A man is hit in the stomach by a bowling ball. He almost vomits and seems to be in pain.


  • 10/10
  • 240+ uses of "fuck", 36 of "shit" (including 3 uses of "bullshit," 2 of "dipshit" and 1 use each of "shit-head" and "shitty"), 16 of "ass," 7 of "Goddamn," 7 of "hell," 6 of "dick," 6 of "asshole," 5 of "Jesus" and "jerk-off," 3 of "damn," 2 each of "bitch," "pissed," "slut" and "Jesus Christ," and 1 use each of "cock," "prick," "Oh, Jesus," "rod," "Johnson" (both slang terms for male genitals), "Lord," "whore," "beaver" (a slang term for female genitals), "son of a bitch," "Oh, my God," "Oh, God," "For Christ's sake" and "God."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 8/10
  • The main character is a pothead who smokes Marijuana numerous times and is high in many scenes.
  • The main character is fond of the "white russian" drink and makes one in several scenes.
  • There is a scene where the main character is smoking pot and drinking beer while driving.
  • The nihilists smoke cigarettes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 5/10
  • A man seriously pulls a gun on a man over a slight argument in a bowling match. [comical]
  • The same man smashes a car with a crowbar. Later another man smashes the Dude's car. [comical]
  • The kidnappers send a severed toe in order to induce their victims family to pay up.
  • Brief shot of a woman's bandaged foot after she voluntarily allowed her little toe to be cut off.
  • Overall content: 36/50 Not as bad as it seems.
  • Rated R for brief violence, drug content, pervasive strong language and sexuality.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Donnie dies in the film due to a heart attack as a result of killing three men. This can be quite upsetting.
  • The Dude and Walter spread Donnie's ashes on the rocky cliff of the seaside after he is cremated. A eulogy spoken by Walter is emotional until it goes awry with Viet Nam references.

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