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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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Sex & Nudity

In a dream sequence, a man watches a young woman take a bath and he puts rose petals in the bath water. It is then implied that he slowly masturbates her for several seconds before the scene cuts.

We see a couple have sex in a motel room for several seconds. There is wild thrusting and loud moans, there is a very brief view of the upper leg and abdominal area with some detail. The detail shows a some of their crotch area but no genital detail. The sheet happens to be pull up before anything explicit is shown on camera.

A girl shows her breasts to a boy next door through her window, breasts are shown briefly on camera.

An older man attempts to have sex with a young woman. Her shirt and pants are removed, showing her breasts. Nothing else happens.

A couple of scenes where a man non-graphically masturbates.

Some moderate to (occasionally) strong sexual references.

Violence & Gore

A man beats his teenage son twice. He is shown bloody and bruised afterwards.

A man is shot in the head offscreen. Blood splatters onto a wall before the scene cuts.

A dead character is seen in a pool of blood with his head bloody.

A woman slaps her teenage daughter in the face.

A woman slaps herself in the face several times.


24 uses of 'fuck', 8 of 'shit', 5 of 'dick', 2 slang terms for sex ("nailed", "laid"), and 1 each of 'p-ssy', 'cunt', and 'cocksucker'. 'Fag(got)' is used 4 times by a homophobic character.

An 18 year old man deals marijuana and is also shown smoking it on a few occasions.

A middle aged man is shown smoking pot a few times.

Some drinking.

Strong domestic abuse from father to son.

Some scenes are emotionally intense.

The main theme of a middle aged man sexually lusting after a 16 year-old girl may disturb some.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content
Argentina:18 / Australia:MA / Austria:14 / Brazil:14 (cinema rating) (rated by synopsis) / Brazil:16 (edited TV version) / Brazil:18 (video rating) / Canada:18A (Alberta) / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Canada:PA (Manitoba) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:18 / Colombia:18 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / Finland:K-14 (original rating) / France:12 / Germany:12 (bw) (original rating) / Germany:16 (bw) (re-rating) / Hong Kong:III / Iceland:14 (original rating) / Iceland:16 (video rating) / India:A / Ireland:18 / Israel:PG / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R-18 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 (original rating) / Netherlands:12 (re-rating) / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Poland:15 / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Singapore:R(A) / Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #36807)

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