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In a couple of scenes we see Alyssa take off her clothes (we see them drop to the floor at her feet) and join a Sam in a shower (we see their bare shoulders); once they begin to kiss and he ejaculates.

Josh and Colleen have sex (he's on top of her thrusting. We see the comforter of the bed going up and down rhythmically.); they are interrupted and we see her running out of the room nude from the back and Josh struggles to put on his clothes.

George and Robin kiss passionately and fall back onto a bed but are interrupted before anything else happens.

Sam and Alyssa kiss.

Colleen yells on the phone "You're driving me crazy. I want you in my bed right now."

Alyssa climbs into bed with George and kisses him as an experiment.

Josh and Sam talk about one of them going to join a man in a car to perform sexual acts: we see the young man later as he gets out of the car with his pants around his ankles and his boxer shorts exposed.

Sam showers and we see his silhouette through a fogged glass shower door and his bare chest when he opens the door (this happens a few times).

George showers outdoors and we see his bare buttocks before he wraps a towel around his waist.

Colleen tries on a bra and panties and looks in a mirror.

George walks out of his house to a cliff in his underwear and urinates over the edge (we hear the trickle); Alyssa watches the man with interest.

Sam gets out of bed and wears only his jockey shorts.

Robin kisses George's face to wake him.

A Nurse touches George'a head and face tenderly and when he tries to touch her back she pulls away.

George touches Robin's face and she snaps her teeth at him (he comments later that she bit him).

Sam (Hayden Christensen) "hangs" himself with a belt from his closet rod and huffs some propellant while masturbating (auto-erotic asphyxiation). He passes out, the closet rod breaks, and he falls to the floor.

A horror movie on a TV shows a woman screaming and being slashed by a man with knives on his hand.

A man talks about a car accident caused by his father who was driving drunk; during the accident his mother and the driver of the other car were killed, and a young girl was injured.

A man talks about putting a gun to his father's head and wanting to kill him (the gun is a BB gun).

A young man falls off a roof and crashes into a table splintering it (we hear later that he has several broken bones).

A man collapses and falls hard to the ground on his back, a man collapses again and lands hard on his face, and a man has several attacks of debilitating pain.

A woman finds a man unconscious and is fearful that he's dead.

A man throws his son back on a bed and shakes him by the shoulders while yelling at him.

A young man yells abusively at his mother and father, a young man grabs a man by the shirt and yells at him.

A young man kicks his car in frustration.

George (Kevin Kline) throws a tray of bread against a wall.

A man kicks something and a young man slams a window.

A man yells threats at a dog and chases him in his car and on foot several times.

A man jumps off a high cliff into the ocean below, and a young man does the same thing.

A woman remarks that she hates her son, and a young man tells his mother and father that he hates them.

A young man talks about needing to have a bowel movement. There are many scenes of demolition while a man tears down an old house.

A man crushes architectural models in an office building with a stick (people run and scream in fear), and one of the models is being held by another man who yells while the model splinters.

A man threatens to remove his son's piercing with a claw hammer.

19 F-words, 1 obscene hand gesture, 11 scatological terms, 2 sexual references, 5 anatomical terms, several other crass words, 9 religious exclamations.

Sam is mostly the one who is foul mouthing a lot. Everyone else (including George and Robin) swears little to none.

Sam (Hayden Christensen) uses marijuana and huffs aerosols. He also took some prescription medication twice at different times. Later, he stated he took Vicodin.

Josh is seen smoking in a couple scenes.

Sam is seen briefly smoking a cigarette (but later George took it out by force) He is also seen smoking in one of the deleted scenes.

Sam (Hayden Christensen) hangs himself with a belt from his closet rod in an attempt to "get high." He passes out, the closet rod breaks, and he falls to the floor.

A series of events where George got diagnosed with cancer. (*Spoiler* Towards the end, he revealed it to Sam that it was the real reason he wanted him (Sam) for the summer.)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use

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