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A woman gets soaked from walking in the rain and her nipples are quite visible through her wet top.

A woman is shown from behind wearing only a towel around her waist. Her breasts are briefly glimpsed from the side as well as part of her buttocks. She is also shown lying down fully nude, but with her arms and legs covering any vital areas.

A man goes home with a woman after a date and he asks her suggestively where the bedroom is. They make out on a couch and he fondles her breasts and runs his tongue along her face.

One of the main characters is gay, and his sexuality is referenced (though not often in graphic terms) multiple times. At one point he is asked if he has ever gotten an erection over a woman.

A male prostitute is hired to pose for a painting. Misunderstanding, he manages to take most of his clothes off (part of his backside is visible) before the artist informs him that it's not a nude painting. ("So much for love", the model mumbles to himself.) The model/prostitute strikes a few crude poses.

A woman declares that she will not sleep with a particular man.

A man asked another man and a woman if they had sex because he saw them kiss.


A man is brutally beaten by three thugs. We see him later in the hospital covered with bruises, stitches, and casts, as well as throughout the film in a variety of healed stages.

One man physically shoves another man around and threatens him with violence. In another scene a man is knocked over and is nearly punched by another man in anger.


3 F-words (one used as an insult), several uses of shit and other obscenities. Several anatomical references, racial and sexual slurs (mostly in reference to homosexuality, i.e. "fag" and "fudge packer"). Bastard is also used.

The film was originally rated R because of it's strong language.


A brief scene in a bar.


There is an intense scene in which a man is brutally beaten by 3 men who are robbing his home.

This film have some very intense scenes.

27/50 - this is okay for 11-14 year old people (12/13)

The film was originally rated R by the MPAA due to strong language, sexual content, brief brutality, and some nudity. It was re-rated PG-13 on appeal by the MPAA before release, but in reality the film should have stuck to it's original R rating mostly due to the sexual content and the scene where Simon is brutally beaten by the muggers who break into his home. The language doesn't cross the PG-13 boundary. The film is not appropriate for children under the age of 15.

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

Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating (re-rating on appeal)
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Austria:6 / Belgium:KT / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PG / Canada:G (Quebec) / Chile:TE / Finland:K-12 / Finland:K-11/9 (2001 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-7/4 (2012 reform re-rating) / France:Tous publics / Germany:6 (bw) / Hong Kong:IIA / Iceland:L / Italy:T / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / Norway:11 / Peru:PT / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / Spain:T / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:PG-13 (certificate #35079) (re-rating on appeal)

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