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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

Maxine sometimes makes references to her breasts.

Two sex scenes. Characters are clothed but, in one of the scenes, there's a mention of the person inside John's head trying to control him and get him to grab a woman's breast.

Immediately following one of these two scenes, the camera looks back at Maxine, with her shirt unbuttoned and just barely covering her nipples.

Maxine leans on a table and prompts Craig to have sex with her on it -- which is never shown.

A young boy sees people, presumably his parents, having sex. No explicit content is seen but the movement of the covers.

Violence & Gore

There is a brief bar fight, and Craig is punched in the face.

Craig threatens Lotte with a gun.

Lotte chases after and tries to shoot Maxine.


At least 20 "f" words (1 used sexually --with another possible one as is the word "banging," 1 used with "mother"), 10 "s" words, 2 slang terms for or using male genitals ("d*ck"), 2 uses of "c*nt", 3 slang terms for breasts ("t*ts"),

Scenes where characters discuss and agree they are stoned.

There's a scene where Craig and Maxine make and smoke a joint.

The concept of multiple people inhabiting one body or mind is bizarre, and the film presents it in an extremely surreal and strange manner.

There are several scenes with a character being tied up and held captive in an animal cage along with a chimp by another character who appears to be gradually losing mental stability.

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Rated R for language and sexuality

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