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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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8/10 Rated R version 9/10 Rated NC-17 version

A man watches a young woman take a bath and he puts rose peddles in the bath water, obviously he puts something else in it that increases her dildo because she starts moaning.

There is one sex scene, a couple have sex in a motel room. 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 good amount of their crotch but no genital detail. The sheet happens to be pulled up before anything explicit is shown on screen.

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

A middle aged man attempts to have sex with a young woman. Her shirt and pants are removed, nothing else happens.

A couple of scenes where a man masturbates.

(NC-17 version) A dad thinks his son was applying oral sex on another guy but he was not. His dad beats him, this is sexually violent in a homosexual reference.

Many other explicit Homosexual subjects


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

A woman slaps her teenage daughter in the face.

A man is shown with blood gashing out of his head at the end of the movie.

8/10 Rated R version 9/10 Rated NC-17 version

30 uses of f*ck -R, some are used in an explicit sexual way -NC-17

many uses of shit

some uses of d*ck

1 use of cock***ker -NC-17

2 uses of c**t


An 18 year old man 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.

The sex scene does show some almost explicit detail, but it is very brief so it's hard to notice. That scene is kept in the Rated R version. Note that original version was changed to NC-17 because of the scene where the guy's dad violently beats him up because he thought he was giving homosexual oral sex, and the word cock***ker is used in that same scene. That's a very disturbing scene. They made a cut version that cuts that scene out to make it a R. Some explicit sex talks and explicit sexual uses of the f word are also cut in the R version.

The sexuality in the cut version is strong, especially the sex scene.

Cut version is appropriate for mature 16 year olds or 17+

Uncut version is not for anyone under 17

Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content
Argentina:18 / Australia:MA15+ / 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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