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Parents Guide for
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We see the bare breasts of two female characters as they put duct tape over their nipples, then pulls it off to make their nipples seem larger. They are then both seen jumping on a bed together with a younger girl as well, with duct tape covering only their nipples, but they are still topless.

A character feels up a girl's breasts to check if she has lumps.

A girl describes in voice-over how her father had raped her. Most of the voice-over is muffled by a disorienting screeching noise when it might be graphic.

A man tries to kiss (and sexually touch) another man, but he is rejected.

An man tries to put his hand up a younger girl's skirt. She then asks "why you touching my coochie, pervert?" He stops.

Some moderate references.

Men and boys are seen topless.


There is some footage shown of a destructive tornado. A large animal (possibly a cow) is shown falling from a rooftop to the ground, dead. This is supposedly actual footage.

Cats are seen killed. One boy drowns a cat (very brief and not done in a graphic manner), two other boys whip a dead cat, and those same two boys are seen later in the movie shooting a cat to death with BB guns. However, this is done for food as they later sell the dead cats to a restaurant.

Two boys shoot down another boy with BB guns.

The main characters break into an elderly woman's house and pull euthanasia on her. The woman is sleeping, and one of the boys flips the switch to "off" on the woman's life-sustaining machine.

Two brothers have a fistfight. It's only mildly violent and it is done in a playful manner since it clearly isn't serious.

Though some of the violence may sound very graphic not much of it actually is. The scenes concerning cats being hurt are nowhere near as violent as they sound.


64 uses of fuck, 16 uses of shit, 13 uses of pussy, 11 uses of ass, 9 uses of bitch, 6 uses of queer & asshole, 5 uses of hell & goddamn, 4 uses of dammit, 3 uses of nigger, 2 uses of fag & titties, 1 use of damn, piss, wetback, cunt and tits.


Some characters are seen smoking, including a young boy.

In one scene, two boys share an inhalant that they sniff to get high.

Characters are drunk/intoxicated at times..


Overall, this film is full of weird imagery, and the whole atmosphere of "Gummo" is generally disturbing and strange. There are many scenes that are not particularly graphic or explicit but are still very disturbing including the infamous bathtub scene. Many frightening subjects are covered in scenes of this film, including satanism, child molestation, a man intensely contemplating suicide, and the killing of cats.


Rated R for pervasive depiction of anti-social behavior of juveniles,including violence, substance abuse,sexuality and language (edited for re-rating)
Australia:R18+ / Canada:18A (Alberta) / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:16+ (Québec) / France:16 / Germany:16 / Iceland:16 / Japan:PG-12 / Mexico:B / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Portugal:M/16 / Spain:18 / Sweden:11 / UK:18 / USA:R (edited for re-rating)

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