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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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A man and woman have sex. They are both clothed as he thrusts into her from behind. Very brief.

A man and woman have sex. He lies on top of her and thrusts, and her bare breasts are visible. Brief.

A woman is seen showering. Her breasts are briefly visible through frosted glass.

A man accidentally turns on a pornographic TV program. A topless woman can be briefly seen.

A man flips through a pornographic magazine quickly, nudity can be very briefly glimpsed.

At a seminar, a man regularly makes sexual (and somewhat misogynistic) remarks on how to seduce women.

A man tells his wife that he has cheated on her many times before. She then asks him if he ever molested their daughter. The man replies that he can't remember if he did or not.

A woman tells another man how she cheated on her husband in sexual detail.

Some other sexual references, which can range from moderate to strong.


A man falls from a height to the ground, injuring and bloodying his nose and mouth.

A man shoots himself in the mouth. We see a flash of light and blood and brain matter spray onto a wall behind him.

A teenage boy jumps off of a tall building. As he passes a window, a woman fires a gun, shooting the boy in the stomach. We see a large, bloody wound in his abdomen.

A man is attacked by some men, who hit and kick him. The attackers are then briefly seen being hung.

Thousands of frogs rain from the sky. There is some blood on their bodies, but nothing terribly violent.

A woman overdoses on pills and falls unconscious. She is taken in an ambulance which then crashes (no injuries are visible). She is late seen alive and seemingly unharmed.

A man grabs his young son roughly and shakes him in several scenes.

A man jumps onto another man and begins beating him. He is pulled off, and neither man is injured.

An old man is dying of cancer, and his state is shown throughout the movie.

A few face slaps.


190 f-cks, 16 -sses (13 with "hole"), 9 c-cksuckers, 5 d-cks, 4 c-nts, and at least 1 use each of t-ts, b-tch, wh-re, and sl-t.

One character teaches a course on seducing woman and makes explicit sexual remarks.


A woman is a cocaine addict and is shown snorting cocaine many times throughout the movie.

A man is seen drinking alcohol on several occasions, implying he is an alcoholic.

A subplot takes place almost entirely in a bar, and a man is seen very intoxicated.

A woman uses many prescription medications and at one point overdoes purposely on them.

A man dying of cancer is given drugs such as morphine throughout the film.


Entries in the Violence & Gore section might be intense, and the movie has emotional scenes throughout.

Frogs fall from the sky like rain, causing considerable damage. The sudden appearance of these things may be intense for some viewers.

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, drug use, sexual content and some violence.


Rated R for strong language, drug use, sexuality and some violence
Argentina:18 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:14 / Canada:18A (Alberta) / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) / Canada:AA (Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Finland:K-12 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:12 / Ireland:18 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R(A) (original rating) / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R

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