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Parents Guide for
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The content of this page was created directly by users and has not been screened or verified by IMDb staff.
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


A middle-aged man has several fantasies about a teenage girl. In one she dances seductively and opens her shirt to show her breasts, but they are obscured by rose petals. In another, she is shown fully nude with her breasts and pubic region covered by rose petals. In a third, the girl lies in a bath that is covered with petals and then man puts his hand into the water near her crotch and she moans.

In two scenes, a man masturbates. The first time he is in the shower; his buttocks are shown and his arm moving rhythmically. The second time, he is in bed next to his wife with the sheets moving slightly until his wife stops him.

A man and woman have sex. His bare back and her bare legs are shown, and they thrust wildly and scream. The scene lasts for about 10 seconds.

A teenage girl takes off her shirt and her boyfriend films it through a window. Her bare breasts are shown briefly.

A middle-aged man and a teenage girl kiss passionately. He takes off her jeans and shirt, exposing her breasts. They stop before anything else happens.

A teenage girl looks at pictures of bare breasts on a plastic surgery website.

A man strips nude and his buttocks are shown.

A man sees his teenage son with a middle-aged man and thinks his son is performing oral sex on the man. (He is not.)

A man grabs and forces a kiss on another man.

Violence & Gore


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

A man is shot in the head off-screen. Blood splatters onto a wall.

A woman slaps her teenage daughter in the face.

A woman slaps herself in the face several times.



Fuck is used thirty times, sometimes sexually. Shit is used eight times. One clear and aggressive use of cunt. Sexual acts are described in vulgar terms. Several different slurs for gay men are used on three occasions.


-A eighteen year old boy deals marijuana and is also shown smoking it on several occasions.

-A middle-aged man is shown smoking pot frequently.

-People drink on several occasions.


Some scenes are very 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
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