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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity


Donnie has sex with his girl friend (they are clothed and on top of each other)

Donnie tells his psychologist that he thinks about "fucking" a lot and then unzips his pants while he's hypnotized

It is implied that Donnie and his girlfriend have sex but nothing is shown but them kissing on his bed

Violence & Gore


Donnie is threatened with a knife (not graphic).

An eye injury is briefly seen (mildly bloody).

A teenage girl is run over (not graphic).

A teenager is shot (brief, not graphic).

A body is seen being taken out of a building in a body bag after an accident (not graphic).



Roughly 30 uses of fuck, 10 uses of shit, and 10 uses of bitch.

A couple uses each of anatomical terms (dick, balls, pussy, and boobs).

A small handful of mild language throughout includes a few uses of ass, damn, hell, crap, and "you suck".

Religious profanities include a few uses of goddamn, and use of God as an exclamation.


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.


Frank the rabbit may frighten young children.

Disturbing material throughout, however the movie has no real scares or "jump scenes".

A protagonist sets a man's house on fire.

A protagonist floods the school.

A protagonist's mother was stabbed four times by the protagonist's step-father. (Not shown)

A protagonist's mother was likely abducted and killed.

Two protagonists die, though one returns.


This film is best suited to audiences 15-16 older, due to it's language and thematic material. 35.5/50

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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:U / 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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