Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
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Sex & Nudity

Sex & Nudity: 4/10

Explicit sexual dialogue about Gonzo drugging and having sex with a young girl. (neither is shown, just talked about)

Gonzo asks a woman indirectly if she is a prostitute and she spits at him.

Several very explicit sexual jokes.

A photograph of a topless woman is seen.

A hallucination is seen involving a dinosaur orgy; various reptiles are seen in sexual positions, many covered in blood.

In another hallucination, Hunter/Raoul imagines Dr. Gonzo as some kind of beast. He has a set of breasts (they're really fake) on his back. Hunter/Raoul makes a quick, brief comment about them (This scene is quick).

There is talk about rapists, who will use drugs if they don't get to rape someone. Also, they will ejaculate uncontrollably. Hunter/Raoul is then shown with, what looks like semen on his pants.

Some couples kiss very intensively.

Violence & Gore

Violence & Gore: 7/10

No actual violence, but some characters do make threats of violence which in the context of the film may, or may not be hallucinations.

Gonzo is tripping on acid in his bathtub, and wants Hunter/Raoul to throw a cassette player in the tub, electrocuting him to death (it doesnt happen).

Gonzo threatens to cut a Z into Raoul's forehead. The following day, Raoul wakes up with a Z cut into his forehead.

Some guys are shown beating another guy to a bloody pulp, probably... It's not shown well, but there is a glimpse of it. No blood is present though, it's just implied.

Gonzo points a gun at Hunter/Raoul and he grabs a flyswatter and says "dont f--- with me" and flings the flyswatter at him.

Later in the movie, Gonzo points a knife at him, he grabs a flyswatter, and he says the exact same line.

Several references to guns, violence, and murder while Hunter and Gonzo are stoned/tripping/high/drunk.

Hunter imagines some people to be bloodied and bruised, also in another scene he imagines them to be fierce evil dragon creatures (they are fine, he is just high).

Gonzo threatening with a knife is quite intense and at the beginning it looks like he has a wound on his throat.

A dead bat is shown very briefly. A little gory...

Profanity

Profanity: 10/10

Nearly constant R-Rated profanities (at least 110 f-words and it's derivatives), some religious exclamations and racist slurs are present too.

The sexual profanities are depraving and disgusting.

Many other vulgar profanities sound very intense when the main characters are drunk etc.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 10/10

Illegal drugs is a main theme of this movie, as the 2 main characters are almost always on some drug during the movie. They try many illegal drugs and the film shows each drug having a different effect on them. There's even a drug made up exclusively for this movie.

The characters appear to be disoriented throughout the entire movie and suffer the effects of each drug including prologned sequences of fear, anger and spend most of the time in a hallucinary state.

The beginning of the movie Hunter/Raoul opens a briefcase filled to the brim with many different drugs and he explains each and every one of them and they are all shown on camera.

Hunter Thompson/Raoul Duke is always shown with a cigarette hanging from his mouth whether or not he is smoking it.

Several scenes in a bar, and several characters drink throughout the movie.

Gonzo uses so much drugs and drinks so much that he vomits more than 3 times through the movie.

Hunter and Gonzo are shown drunk 2 or 3 different times in the movie. They are very disgruntled, when they are drunk.

This is quite possible the movie with the most Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking abuse, EVER.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 10/10

The entire movie depicts two characters who are stoned, high, drunk and ripped out of their minds and shows the deteriorating effects such drug abuse could have on a person's reality. The story is taken from their point of view so some people could find this disturbing & intense as the movie is intended to be a "trip" for the audience.

Several bizarre scenes including 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).

The 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) is very disturbing.

This film is most certainly NOT for children, though they won't understand it. 41/50

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive extreme drug use and related bizarre behavior, strong language, and brief nudity (certificate no. 35894)
Certification:
Argentina:18 / Australia:R / Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) / Brazil:18 / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Canada:18A (original rating) (VHS) / Canada:PG (re-rating) (DVD) / Chile:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:-12 / Germany:16 / Hungary:14 / Iceland:16 / Netherlands:16 / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/16 / 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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