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A woman feels John M. drying his body in a shower, and enjoys it (0:35:35-50)

A man feels a woman's clothed breast (0:54:06)

clothed sex scene (0:55:00-56:22)

man fondles a woman's buttock (01:01:35-40)

clothed sex scene (1:01:40-02:20)

man kisses woman's groin area; a blanket hides his lips (1:21:19-22, 22:28-31)

A young boy sees people, presumably his parents, having sex. No explicit content is seen but the movement of the covers (1:37:37-47)

a man smells panties (1:38:24-37)

a woman kisses another woman unexpectedly

two women hug with romantic feelings


A male puppet is naked. Its buttocks have cleavage and the pubic area has a ridge that may vaguely suggest a penis (0:00:24-02:13).

a brief glimpse of a woman's breasts from out her shirt (during/after second sex scene?)

a man is shown naked from behind (1:37:54-59)

0:37 A circumcised penis, viewed from above, in shower, is briefly shown.


puppets in a show act out sexual movements they "imagine," while a child watches (05:03-43)

A puppet has characters whose "speech" suggests sexual desire (04:20+)

A man says he's not "b*nging" somebody (0:09:52)

A woman responds to a man that there are "50 other lines to get in a girl's pants" (0:16:21-23)

sexual innuendo (0:16:49-17:01)

speech (0:18:00-13)

sexual fantasies are mentioned (0:18:36)

speech (0:20:10-34)

adultery joke (0:20:40-44)

"T*ts" (0:21:30)

"f*g" (0:21:36, 41, 45)

"f*ck" in sexual manner (0:21:46)

"letch" (0:22:22)

woman talks about male- and female-specific anatomy (0:40:30-40)

woman talks about transexuality (0:41:58-42:52)

sex-/anatomy-related speech (0:44:28-33)

"suck my d***" (0:59:19-20)



adulterous thoughts and actions

transsexual feelings

homosexual feelings

A main character is punched in the face from a brief scuffle at a bar.

Craig threatens Lotte with a gun.

Lotte chases after and tries to shoot Maxine.

A reference to abortion implies a woman would have killed her fetus under different circumstances, over personal rather than medical reasons.

16 uses of 'fuck', 9 of 'shit', 2 of 'fag' and 'dick', and 1 of 'cunt', 'tits', 'son of a bitch', and 'asshole'.

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

Drugs and "being stoned" are mentioned occasionally.

The movie is very surreal and strange at times.

Rated R for language and sexuality

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