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Parents Guide for
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Sexual references (normally played for comedy) show up throughout the film.

It is implied that Donnie and his girlfriend have sex, but nothing is shown. They kiss and embrace briefly on his bed.

Two women in pictures are seen in bikinis in Donnie's room.


Blood covers a man's eye, trickled down on his face. Visible for several seconds.

Someone dies quickly after being run over by car. No blood.

A teenager is shot (brief, not graphic).

A teenager is threatened with a knife around his neck.


16 uses of 'fuck,' 9 of 'shit,' 4 of 'bitch,' and 2 of 'dick'. Also a few uses of 'Goddamn,' and 'hell'.

A little girl of about 7 or 8 years old asks "What's a fuck-ass."


One extremely brief depiction of a teenager using cocaine (not graphic or explicitly detailed).

Teenage boys smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol on occasion.

Teenagers drink beer at a party.

Adults occasionally smoke and drink.


Potentially disturbing material throughout, but the movie has no real scares or "jump scenes".

Frank the rabbit is disturbing.

A few characters die.

A major character's mother was supposedly abducted and killed.

Very emotional and shocking ending.

Total: 24/50

MPAA/USA - Rated R for language, some drug use and violence.

BBFC/UK - Rated 15 (strong language, horror).

Rated R for language, some drug use and violence
Argentina:16 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:PG (British Columbia) (director's cut) / Canada:14A (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:AA (Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Czech Republic:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:Tous publics / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Hungary:16 / Iceland:16 / Ireland:15 / Italy:T / Japan:PG-12 / Mexico:B / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 / New Zealand:M (director's cut) / Norway:15 / Portugal:M/16 / Portugal:M/12 (director's cut) / Singapore:NC-16 / South Korea:15 / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / Sweden:11 (TV rating) / UK:15 / USA:R / USA:R (director's cut)

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