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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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The movie begins 11 days before a presidential election. Top staff, with private help, create a bogus war with many other phony side distractions. All this is to divert press coverage and public attention away from the accusation of a young girl that the president sexually abused her during a White House event. The encounter is not shown but it is referred to several times in the movie. Another scene has a man ogling a woman in a short skirt as she bends down to pick up clothes to hang on a clothes line. He pursues her and she screams and runs into the house.

War is talked about quite a lot, and the over all mood of the movie is dark albeit hilarious.

7 uses of the f-word and 19 uses of the s-word.

Lots of alcohol is drunk and many people smoke constantly, drugs are referenced to though not shown directly.

A plane flies through an intense storm; afterward we see the main characters in the wreckage.

A man sexually asaults a girl off-screen, and is shot dead (off screen) by her father.

A character is known to be a violent and psychotic rapist; his character is creepy and may be disturbing.

Rated R for language
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Belgium:KT / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta) / Canada:PG (British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Denmark:11 / Finland:S / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 (bw) / Iceland:L / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Norway:7 / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R

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