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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 is in part about an adulterous affair.

A couple is shown undressing and making love (or starting to) on three occasions. They are seen in various states of undress, kissing passionately. In all three, Gwyneth Paltrow's breasts and nipples are shown clearly. In one of the scenes, the sex is implied by the sound of the creaking bed.

A character is shown in two sex scenes with different partners (fully clothed in both). In one scene, the woman is on top thrusting violently and explicity while panting heavily. While no actual nudity, it is still quite explicit. The scene is quite lengthy, however, it is more for comical effect.

Many passionate kisses.

A man is shown bound with his shoes on burning coals. He is threatened with having his nose and ears cut off with a knife.

One man threatens another with a knife at his throat.

There are two sword fights. The first turns into a brawl in which people also punch and kick as well as hit one another with wooden props. The second is between only two men with sword, dagger, and foil.One man ends up with a bloody wound on his head.

A boy teases a cat with a live mouse held by the tail.

The S-word is used twice along with a couple of slang anatomical terms and some Elizabethan swearing.

There are three scenes set in a tavern where drinking and drunkenness ensue.

Rated R for sexuality
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Denmark:7 / Finland:K-12/9 / France:Tous publics / Germany:6 (f) (bw) / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:14 / Iceland:L / Ireland:15 / Italy:T / Japan:R15+ (2015) / Netherlands:AL / New Zealand:M / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #36421)

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