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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 finds a young woman in a bathtub with rose petals in the bath water. It is then implied that he slowly masturbates her for a few seconds.

We see a couple have sex in a motel room for several seconds. There is wild thrusting and moans/grunts. Only the her legs and his back are shown as she expresses pleasure.

A girl removes her bra, showing her breasts to a boy next door through her window.

An older man attempts to have sex with a young woman. Her shirt and pants are removed, showing her breasts. Then he stops.

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

Violence & Gore


A man punches his teenage son a few times in two scenes. The latter has a rather bloody facial cut and lip 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 a few times.



18 uses of 'fuck', 8 of 'shit', 5 of 'dick', 3 of 'fag(got)' in a homophobic context, 2 slang terms for sex ("nailed", "laid"), and 1 of 'pussy', 'cunt', and 'cocksucker'.


Roughly four instances of marijuana smoking. We also see an 18 year old man deal it in a scene or two.

A few instances of drinking in both a social and nonsocial context.


Rather strong domestic abuse from father to son.

Some of the scenes can be emotionally intense.

The theme of a middle aged man being sexually infatuated with a 16 year-old girl may disturb some.

Overall: 35/50 (Recommned for 14+)

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content
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