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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.

A young woman is seen standing in front of a mirror naked from the waist down. Her pubic hair is shown.

One of the main themes of the film is that a young woman is hooked on heroin and is forced to start prostituting herself to obtain 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.

Two women go "ass to ass" on a double-ended giant dildo. Both are drug addicts who perform for a small bag of heroin each and they do not enjoy themselves. Perverted men stand around watching them suffer and throwing dollars, this scene is graphically detailed. This scene shows penetration but not in a close-up.

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.

Violence & Gore


Several people are shot off-screen, it is not graphic and is in a dark setting, but a man is briefly 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 then see him casually injecting drugs in the infected wound.

In one brief scene, a woman stabs a man in the hand with a fork and blood comes out. But then it quickly cuts away to reveal that this was simply her imagination, and did not happen.

Countless scenes where people inject themselves with drugs. However, this is not graphic due to the film's editing style.

Four people are seen in a montage going through intense suffering; starting with the first and last scene of (semi)graphic violence, a man's arm must be amputated (we see the surgical saw cut into his flesh and blood splatters all over his face); an elderly woman is given electroshock therapy and she is shown to be very much in 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 disturbing and emotionally intense sequence.



Profanity: 35 instances of the 'f' word; 28 of the 's' word; 5 instances of the 'd' word; 1 of the 'h' word.

Crass language: 7 uses of "ass"; 1 of "piss"; 1 "bastard"; and 2 "bitch."

Racial slurs: 1 use of the 'n' word.

Religious: 11 instances of "Christ"; 4 instances of "Jesus"; and 4 uses of "God."


Three of the four protagonists are heroin addicts. The other one is addicted to diet pills (amphetamines/speed), which causes her to hallucinate. The film shows repeated use of heroin, both injected and inhaled 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; thus little of the drug use or injections is graphic or cringe-inducing.

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


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 highly disturbing. In the unrated version (director's cut), this scene clearly shows penetration. The edited version shows lubricant on the dildo then cuts away, only alluding to what comes next.

The drug sequences and hallucinations are intense and disconcerting.

There is 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 disturbing as well. Harry also injects heroin into the festering wound, which is graphic. A woman experiences gloomy and frightening hallucinations, which become worse as the movie continues.

Toward the end, there is a montage of all of the main characters in the film in similar states of pain or humiliation. It is quite 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 and disturbing ways especially as witnessed in the eyes of her neighborhood friends who visit her at the mental hospital.

The film uses a unique (HipHop) editing style that may disorient some viewers.

As a whole, Requiem for a Dream is very disturbing and will be mildly or moderately likely cause anxiety to many viewers, however it has a strong anti-drug message.

Suggested TV Rating: TV-MA-LS (Uncensored), TV-MA (Standard television edit)

Total: 41/50

Suggested MPAA Rating: R (Excessive illegal drug use, nudity, strong sexual content and explicit language), NC-17 (Excessive drug use, graphic nudity and on-screen ejaculation; director's cut only)

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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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