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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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Sex & Nudity


A man and a woman have sex in bed for about 11 seconds. There is momentary female nudity as well as moaning sounds.

full-frontal male nudity of several prisoners in a shower room.Genitals are shown.

A rape scene in prison where a group of men pin another man in the shower with his face against the wall and are shown trying to spread his legs. A man's face is shown in closeup as he approaches him from behind and makes thrusting movements and sounds. No genitals are shown.

In the prison, a prisoner makes a very sexual joke.

a man with a cam record a girl's legs.

Violence & Gore


An armed man is shot in an unknown area. His mouth is then placed on a curb and the back of head is stomped on (seen from a distance). We hear a 'chink', and the victim lies dead after.

A gang of white supremacists raid a grocery store employing minorities, hitting and kicking various individuals there a couple times onscreen. A woman has sauces poured on her face.

A teen boy is shot in the chest three times, with blood splattering on the wall behind him as he drops down. Blood is sprayed on part of the shooter's and victim's face as well as around the room afterwards.

An armed man is shot at 5 times around the chest, he dies. A bullet wound is seen.

A man is raped from behind in prison. His head is then slammed into the wall, and he drops to the floor.

A group of Black teens kick a Caucasian teen twice in the chest before they are stopped. A bit of blood on the victim's mouth.

Derek hits and kicks a man once for trying to corrupt Danny. A bit of blood is on his nose.

Derek angrily shoves a mouthful of food in his sister's mouth.



204 uses of 'fuck', 56 of 'shit', 28 of 'nigger', 5 of 'bitch', 4 of 'asshole' and 'spic', 3 of 'kike' and 'monkey', 2 of 'cracker' and 1 of 'spooks', 'son of a bitch', and 'niglet'. Most of the profanity is in a serious context.


Some smoking, including from a teenager.

A man smokes marijuana but is told to stop by a white supremacist based on "racial beliefs".

There is a party scene with beer and some drunkenness among people.

Marijuana (trafficking) is briefly discussed in a prison.


Intense violence. The movie is also very dramatic.

The curb stomping scene is incredibly disturbing.

Some viewers may be uncomfortable with the instances of racist dialogue, even though it is not exactly condoned in context.

Overall, the main theme of the film is very dark and disturbing.

Total: 45/50

Recommended for ages 17+

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Rated R for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity
Argentina:16 / Argentina:18 (cable rating) / Australia:MA / Belgium:KNT / Brazil:14 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (film #131174) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:-12 / Germany:16 / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A (city of Mumbai) (certificate #VFL/3/36/2009-MUM) / India:A (city of Mumbai) (cut) (certificate #CFL/3/81/1999-MUM) / India:UA (city of Mumbai) (cut) (certificate #VFL/VV/2/19/2009-MUM) / Ireland:18 / Israel:18 / Italy:VM18 / Japan:R / Malaysia:(Banned) / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:16+ / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 (certificate #99-086) / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 (original rating) / UK:15 (re-rating) (2012) / USA:TV-14 (TV version) / USA:R (certificate #36005)

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