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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 are shown having sex in bed. Lots of moaning sounds and brief female nudity.

Full frontal nudity of several prisoners in the shower room.

A group of prisoners pin a fellow prisoner in the shower with his face against the wall and are shown trying to spread his legs. Another prisoner's face is shown in closeup as he approaches the pinned prisoner from behind and makes thrusting movements and sounds. The scene is clearly shown as a rape, although no genitals are revealed. They then kick and punch him, and leave him bleeding in the shower. In the following scene, the raped prisoner is shown walking slowly with his legs spread due to the pain and sitting down slowly.

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

Violence & Gore


The violence in this film is strong, graphic, and not for the faint of heart.

Two car thieves are killed. Derek shoots both of them. He also shoots a car being driven away. One of the thieves does not die from the gunshot, so Derek places the thief's mouth over the curb and stomps his head (the stomp is shown from some distance). Although not shown explicitly and involving no blood or gore, the implication of what is happening and the graphic sound effects make this scene disturbing and difficult to watch. (Parts of this incident are shown at two separate points in the film.)

In prison, Derek is pinned to a wall by five other Caucasian prisoners as a sixth taunts and rapes him. His head is then slammed into the wall and he drops to the floor.

Derek angrily shoves food into his own sister's mouth.

A group of two Black teenagers throw a Caucasian teenager to the ground and punch and kick him repeatedly.

A man points a gun at another man's face.

A gang of white supremacists raid a grocery store that employs minorities, severely beating and tormenting various individuals there while destroying the merchandise.

Some fighting and beating in some scenes.

Derek beats up a man who is trying to corrupt Danny. A little blood is shown.

ENDING: A teen boy is shot in the bathroom multiple times in the chest, with blood splattering all over the wall behind him. We see parts of this in slow-motion, and then the aftermath later. (This is the bloodiest scene in the film)



Altogether 214 'fucks' (including derivatives), 60 'shits', 22 'asses' (5 used with "hole"), several uses of 'bitch', 2 uses of 'pussy', and 1 hard to hear use of 'cunt.'

The film also has a lot of racially charged profanity, with prominent uses of 'nigger', 'monkey', 'spic', 'kike', and 'cracker'.


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

Positive characters (including teenagers) smoke cigarettes continuously throughout the film.

There is a big party with lots of beer and lots of drunkenness among lots of people.

In prison, "Aryan Brotherhood" deals with marijuana traffic from Latin gang members.

The most violent scenes are the food-store raid, the curb-stomping, the dinner fight, the prison rape and the ending.

There are many controversial and racist speeches throughout the film (involving blacks, immigrants, Jews, etc.) that some viewers may be uncomfortable with sitting through. The ending is also intense and distressing.


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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) / Chile:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:-12 / Germany:16 / Greece:K-17 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A (city of Mumbai) (cut) (certificate #CFL/3/81/1999-MUM) / India:UA (city of Mumbai) (re-rating) (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:R (certificate #36005)

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