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Parents Guide for
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Some scenes contain mild references to sex and nudity.

Reference to a BJ, and to watching someone perform it.

A pedophile named Jesus is seen licking his bowling ball prior to rolling it down the lane.

Brief Scene of frontal nudity, breast clearly shown, other areas are unfocused and hard to see

There are references to porn throughout the film. 4 instances of nudity are shown for a short while.

A man is in a bathtub while completely nude, no nudity is shown.

A topless girl is seen going up and down in the air while other people assist her, this scene last a few seconds

Reference to Jerking off

A drawing of a penis is shown

A girl's backside including her butt is briefly seen

A man watches porn on TV and a nude woman is seen.

The dude is in a make believe movie where he flies along a bowling alley between the legs of many women. He turns upside down looking upward into the women's skirts, causing him to smile.

Maude appears at the Dude's home dressed in his robe. She drops it to the floor and says "love me". Her whole reason for being there is to get pregnant by the Dude.

A fully nude woman is seen running in the backyard through a picture window. She is seen at a distance.


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.

A man is hit in the stomach by a bowling ball. He almost vomits and seems to be in pain.


293 uses of "fuck" (with at least 7 used sexually), 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."

A scene where a character repeatedly yells the phrase "This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass, Larry!"

An Asian-American character is referred to as "the Chinaman". Walter tells Dude to never use that term, however, Walter says it again later.

An elder man keeps calling people "bums" and "nitwits".

A Vietnam veteran keeps telling another man "Shut the fuck up, Donny!"

Most of the profanity is used in the later half of the film.


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.


Donnie dies in the film, due to a heart attack. This can be quite upsetting.

A man seriously pulls a gun on a man over a slight argument in a bowling match. [comical]

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.

The same man smashes a car with a crowbar. Later another man smashes the Dude's car. [comical]

An ear is bitten off. Blood is shown.

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 pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence
Argentina:16 / Argentina:18 (cable rating) / Australia:MA15+ / Belgium:KT / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:14A (Alberta) (2010) / Czech Republic:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 (f) / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:14 (original rating) / Iceland:12 (video rating) / Ireland:18 / Italy:T / Mexico:B-15 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/12 / Russia:18+ / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / South Korea:15 (DVD rating) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #35633)

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