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Parents Guide for
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Sex & Nudity

7/10

A man walks in on his room mate and his girlfriend having sex under the covers. Breasts are seen.

A woman steps out of the shower, with full frontal nudity shown.

Men are seen topless on a few occasions.

A man and woman are having sex in a bed. Woman's nipple is shown, everything else is covered as they are under the covers.

In another scene, a man and women are under the covers with women's breasts shown briefly.

A man is implied to be a pedophile, and it's implied that he makes a young boy have sex with his daughter on camera, but it's only weakly referenced to and nothing is seen.

A man agrees to perform oral sex on a man in prison but he doesn't.

In a prison, two inmates say they will come for a man at night and call him their bitch. A guard is seen accepting money of the two inmates at night and he hands them a key implying that they bribed him to set them free. They are then seen grabbing the man they said they would get from his bed. This is extremely brief and isn't in some versions of the film, but it implies that they raped him.

Several scenes of women in their panties, particularly during the scenes at the women's dorm.

Women shown in seductive leather outfit. Another women dressed as a doped prostitute.

Infrequent mild to moderate references.

Violence & Gore

8/10

A 13 year old boy is blown up off screen, he is later seen as an adult with missing limbs.

A dog is implied to have been burned to death off screen, the aftermath is shown for a second or two.

A boy hits another boy with a pole and then hits and kicks him a few times.

A boy stabs another boy in the neck, the impact is off screen.

Two men are stabbed. Brief.

A boy accidentally hits his sister with a wooden plank and then hit's another boy in the legs with it in anger.

A man attacks a boy and tries to strangle him. The man is hit in the back of the head by a guard (we see blood on man's head), ultimately causing his death.

A boy slams his hand down onto wire paper holders. Off screen.

A man punches a young man in the face and grabs him by the hair.

A boy threatens a man with an explosive. The explosive rolls towards a girl who picks it up. It explodes and kills her. Off screen.

A boy has a nose bleed on more than one occasion.

A girl has hand print-shaped bruises on her arm. (It's implied that her father abuses her.)

A young man attacks another young man with a bat, the victim manages to get the bat of the attacker after spraying him with some sort of pepper spray type thing and hit's him with the bat which causes his accidental death.

A boy tackles over a woman holding a baby, but this was to protect her, not to hurt her. The landing is off screen.

Profanity

7/10

About 50 uses of 'f*ck (ing) (er) (bag), about 20 uses of sh*t.

A few uses of mild language like d*ck, assh*le, pr*ck, etc.

Some name calling: one use of 'faggot' etc.

3/10

Brief of drinking.

A man briefly smokes marijuana in a bong in the background.

13 year old's are seen smoking cigarettes.

Some adults are seen smoking.

10/10

No scares.

Themes of prison rape, child abuse, pedophilia, prostitution, bullying, people going insane and sadism.

Some emotional and intense scenes.

In the Director's Cut Evan makes the ultimate sacrifice and kills himself in his mother's womb in order to prevent Kayleigh's death. Definitely not your conventional kind of ending to any movie and I must say, I felt pretty melancholic.

All the main characters are messed up in one way or another, one is a sociopathic sadist as well as a victim of child abuse, one is a victim of psychical and sexual child abuse, one is very unstable and overrun with guilt, one doesn't know if he is crazy or has God like powers, one is depressed that she is unable to have a child, one is a pedophile ect...

Total - 35/50

If the producers decided to edit the film for the PG-13 rating, there would be almost no discernible difference between this R-rated version and the imaginary PG-13 version.

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, sexual content, language and brief drug use
Certification:
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Austria:16 / Brazil:14 (re-rating on appeal) / Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba) / Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:-12 / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:PG-12 / Malaysia:18SG / Malaysia:U (cut version) / Netherlands:12 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-13 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG (edited for re-rating) / Singapore:NC-16 (original rating) / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 / USA:R (No. 39664)

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