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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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In the first 5 or 10 minutes Vinny has sex with a woman in a car, although no nudity is visible moaning can be heard and thrusting is visible. They are then interrupted and Vinny gets out of the car with his butt visible and gets back in.

Richie walks in on his parents having sex, his mom's breasts are visible for at least 10 seconds.

A woman puts her head over Richie's lap and unbuckles his belt but he tells her to stop before she does anything.

Vinny and another woman are shown making out in their underwear.

Richie does an erotic S&M dance at a gay bar, then he walks into a women's bathroom with another man implying gay sex.

Vinny pulls down his underwear revealing his butt and then has sex with his wife, there is no nudity but thrusting is shown from a side view and moaning can be heard.

Vinny's erection is briefly visible through his pants before his wife gives him an offscreen blowjob.

Richie is shown again dancing erotically at a gay bar (this time wearing women's clothes) before he walks into a bathroom with a man implying gay sex.

A nude man and woman are briefly shown making out in a bathtub with no genitalia visible.

An orgy is shown at a sex club, breasts are visible, thrusting is visible and lots of moaning is heard. This scene roughly lasts about 2-3 minutes.

A man is dancing suggestively at a gay bar while wearing a thong.


Many people are graphically shot in cars with blood smearing all over the windows around them.

In the end, there is a very graphic beating in which the victim is seen bleeding a lot from the face.


This movie contains VERY EXPLICIT language.

-435 uses of "fuck"; this film has the second-most uses of the f-word in history for a fictional feature film and the third-most overall.

-Around 200 uses of shit.

-Cunt is said once or twice.

-Multiple other cuss words are said throughout.

-A couple of racial slurs towards African-Americans, Hispanics and Italian-Americans.


Constant cigarette smoking. Social drinking in clubs. Characters are seen smoking cannabis, snorting cocaine and ingesting pills. One character is a heroin addict and there is a brief but graphic insert of him shooting up.


The film's atmosphere is tense and violent, with many characters living in mounting paranoia in response to a serial killer.

Overall: 46/50

Rated R for strong graphic violence and sexuality, pervasive strong language and drug use

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