Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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A photograph of a topless woman is seen.

Some brief strong sexual references.

Profanity: 8/10

There is continuous use of strong profanities throughout the film.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 10/10

Illegal drugs are a main theme of the film. The two main characters are almost always abusing a drug during the film. They try many illegal drugs and the film shows each drug having a different effect on them.

The characters appear to be disoriented throughout the film and suffer the effects of each drug including prologned sequences of fear, anger and hallucinations.

A briefcase is seen near the beginning of the film, filled entirely with various drugs.

Gonzo vomits three times throughout the course of the film.

Hunter and Gonzo are shown drunk at three different times. They appear very disgruntled.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 9/10

The film is very bizarre and surreal. The realistic effects of drug-use are shown in a very intense and explicit fashion.

The film depicts two characters who are stoned, high, drunk and ripped out of their minds. The films shows the deteriorating effects of drug abuse. The story is taken from their point of view, so some viewers could find this disturbing & intense. The film is intended to be a "trip" for the audience.

Several bizarre scenes include Hunter/Raoul imagining people as lizards that are covered with blood. He starts to feel very faint and sees many different hallucinations. All of them can be funny, or ridiculous, but are quite unsettling.

His lawyer threatens to kill him twice while under the influence of acid and cocaine (this is meant to be funny).

A scene where Gonzo is in the bathtub high on several drugs and tells Hunter to throw a cassette player in the tub to electrocute him to death (he doesn't).

Twisted humour throughout.

There is a very intense scene, in which Gonzo suddenly starts screaming and shouting, whilst Raoul is freakishly squealing on a wide-angle scene. It's really bizarre.

The scene where Gonzo threatens a woman is quite intense. He talks in a slow and intimidating manner.

CONTENT OVERALL: 43/50. This movie is NOT for children, although they won't even understand it. The movie isn't that scary, but it is very unsettling. The trips are all very disgusting, in a realistic way. This film is not for the faint of heart, as it is quite an insane circus-ride. Several scene are reminiscent of a Marx brothers film, though Gilliam's film is of course far more explicit and intense.


MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive extreme drug use and related bizarre behavior, strong language, and brief nudity (certificate no. 35894)
Certification:
Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ / Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) / Brazil:18 / Canada:PG (DVD re-rating) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:18A (original rating) (VHS) / Chile:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hungary:14 / Iceland:16 / Netherlands:16 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/16 / Russia:16+ (original rating) / Russia:18+ (re-rating) / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate no. 35894)

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