The Cider House Rules
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A man and woman have sex on a beach. They kiss passionately and moan loudly while the man thrusts on top of her. They are both fully clothed.

(appears suddenly somewhat distant) A man walks out of a shower naked; his bare buttocks and, briefly, his genitals are visible.

(Appears very suddenly and full screen closeup) A woman lies on a bed completely nude... Her nude back, buttocks and legs are visible, and her breast is briefly seen.

We learn that a woman is pregnant by her own father. Nothing explicit is ever seen or said.

Much of the film is based around abortions and children given up to an orphanage after birth there

Two men briefly fight with knives. One man's hand it cut and another has his jacket sliced.

We see a man covered in blood and he tells another man how he was stabbed. He then took his own knife and stabbed himself several more times. He later dies.

A man overdoses on ether and dies. We see his hand smash a glass bottle and cut him, and we see some blood.

A girl is found very ill. We later learn that someone tried to perform an abortion on her with a crochet hook and hear a graphic description of her wounds. She later dies.

Several scenes show women having abortions.

Some mild profanity (hell, damn, etc.)

Various characters smoke in several scenes and casually drink.

A man is addicted to ether and is shown abusing it in several scenes. He later overdoses and dies.

Some scenes are emotionally intense. The topics of abortion, substance abuse and incest may be distressing to some.

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexuality, nudity, substance abuse and some violence

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