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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


A man's nude bottom is shown as a fully naked woman lies on a bed facing him. Her breasts and hip region are faintly visible but not very clearly. He then runs and jumps on top of her with her legs wrapped around him and they kiss. Later on, we see them having sex in a spooning position from above as the camera zooms out while rotating. There is some soft thrusting and he cups her breast with his hand. Side on nudity is seen, but no genitals. The woman's pubic hair is slightly visible.

Jennifer Connelly is seen standing in front of a mirror naked from the waist down. Her pubic hair is shown. This scene is not sexual however.

One of the main themes of the movie is that Jennifer Connelly is hooked on heroin and is forced to start prostituting herself to get drugs. She first gives oral sex to a man. The act is not shown, but her head is briefly seen lowering down towards his crotch area as she opens her mouth. It then cuts away to a different scene.

Two woman, one Jennifer Connelly, go "ass to ass" on a double-ended giant dildo. IT IS NOT A HAPPY OR EROTIC SCENE. They are drug addicts who do this for a small bag of heroin each and they do not enjoy themselves. Perverted men stand around watching them suffer and throwing dollars. In the unedited version (directors cut) this scene is graphically detailed. This scene shows penetration but not in a close-up. In the Edited version, this scene is much less graphic, and has no penetration, but is still fairly disturbing.

In the same scene mentioned above, and before, four naked women are shown from above as they thrust into each other. This is brief, but graphic. This scene is only in the Unrated version and is replaced in the Edited version with a shot of a clothed women lolling on a table.

Violence & Gore


Several people are shot off-screen, it is not graphic and is in a dark setting, but a man is seen with blood splatter on his face afterwards.

We see two people putting a body in a trash can. This is brief, and from a distance.

There's a horrible infected wound on a man's arm. We see him then injecting drugs in the infected wound.Very Graphic.

In one brief scene, a woman stabs a man in the hand with a fork and blood pours out. [spoiler]It then cuts a away to reveal that this was just her imagination, and did not happen.

Lots of scenes where people inject themselves with drugs. However, this is not graphic due to the films editing style.

Four people are seen in a montage going through intense pain and suffering; a man's arm is badly infected and has to be amputated (we see the surgical saw cut into his flesh and blood sprays); an elderly woman is given electroshock therapy and she is seen to be in extreme pain; a young woman is forced to perform in a sex show where she shares a double-ended dildo with another woman (she is very scared and in emotional pain); a man suffering from drug withdrawal vomits and is shown in agony. A very graphic, disturbing and emotionally intense sequence.



"Fuck" is used over 30 times. Milder language is frequent, including several blasphemies.


3 of the 4 main characters in the movie are heroin addicts. The other one is addicted to diet pills (amphetamines/speed), which causes her to hallucinate. This movie shows repeated use of heroin and constant scenes of a woman hallucinating due to the pills she takes.

There are numerous scenes where people take or inject themselves with drugs. However, this is not all that graphic due to the film's hip-hop editing style. So little of the drug use or injections in graphic or cringe-inducing.

The main focus of this movie is drugs and their effects on people over a period of time, something akin to: "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" or "Trainspotting".

Cocaine is used a lot in the movie.


The scene where the female addicts injure themselves with a double-ended dildo for the entertainment of a group of perverted men who enjoy their pain in order to earn a small bag of heroin is extremely disturbing. In the unrated version (directors cut) this scene clearly shows penetration.

The drug sequences and hallucinations are very intense.

A scene where four gang members are sitting in a car and unexpectedly one is shot and killed, sending the others in a panic.

A festering wound in a man's arm that is brought on by extensive heroin use is very disturbing also. Harry also injects heroin into the festering wound, which is very graphic.

A woman experiences gloomy and frightening hallucinations, which become worse as the movie continues.

Towards the end, there is a montage of all of the main characters in the film in a state of pain or humiliation. It is extremely intense and explicit and could be one of the most intense endings ever.

The old woman is sent to a mental hospital where she suffers in extreme ways.

The film uses an unique editing style that can be very disturbing or confusing at times.

The film as a whole is very unsettling and frightening and will most likely disturb most viewers however this film successfully pushes a very important anti-drug message and is considered an important watch. The age which this film becomes appropriate is entirely up to the parent.


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Rated R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language and some violence (edited version)
Argentina:16 (original rating) / Argentina:13 (re-rating) / Australia:R / Brazil:18 / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Canada:R (director's cut) (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:18A (edited version) / Chile:14 / Chile:18 (original rating) / Czech Republic:15 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:III / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Japan:R-18 (original rating) / Japan:R-15 (re-rating on appeal) / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R(A) / South Africa:18 / South Africa:16 (theatrical rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:18 / USA:Unrated / USA:R (edited version) / USA:NC-17 (original rating) (certificate #37726) (rating surrendered)

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