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Much of the plot revolves around the sexual relationship between an older male child molester and a young boy. No explicit sexual content is seen and everything is implied. Several uncomfortable scenes depict their relationship.

The man tells the boy that he likes him and lies him on the floor. The boy looks uncomfortable but does not struggle. We then see the man's face move towards the camera and the scene cuts away; it is implied that the man kisses him and performs sexual acts. The boy narrates that he could taste the man's tongue afterwards.

The boy stands shirtless in front of a second boy as the man watches. The first boy leans in towards the second. The camera cuts away and it is implied that the boys then kiss and perform sexual acts on each other.

The boy and a second boy are seen lying on the floor and it is implied that the man is performing oral sex on them. The second boy seems very uncomfortable and afraid. The first boy leans over and says to "tell him you like it".

The man is seen kneeling from the waist up with a pleasured facial expression as he moans and twitches. We hear over voice over that he has told two young boys to anally fist him in graphic detail. Brief.

The boy as a teenager graphically recounts their relationship and sexual experiences at several points in the film.

A teenage boy is raped by an older man. The act begins consensually as the man grabs the boys head roughly and makes him perform oral sex. We see the boys head moving back and forth and he gags. The man then spits on his face and pushes him roughly to the bed. The boy panics and locks himself in a bathroom. The man breaks in, hits him and forcibly sodomizes him. The boy struggles while the man violently attacks him. The man then climaxes. The boy's buttocks can be seen at several points. The boy returns afterwards and his buttocks are seen as he strips and cries.

A teenage boy and an older man have sex. The kiss passionately and strip nude (their buttocks are seen). The man puts a condom on the boy and kneels on a bed. The boy then begins thrusting into him from behind as they moan.

A teenage boy and much older man have sex. The boy removes his shirt and lies on a bed. It is implied that the man performs oral sex on him; we hear slurping and gagging and see the boys pleasured face as he climaxes.

A teenage boy and an older man have sex. The boy is announcing at a baseball game as the man performs oral sex from under the desk. The man's head can be seen bobbing up and down and the boy moans.

A young boy pulls down an older boys pants and tells him that a man used to do this to him to make him feel good. It is implied that he masturbates the older boy, and then he moves off-screen, implying oral sex.

A young boy masturbates whilst watching his mother perform oral sex on a man. The woman's head is seen bobbing at the man's crotch. Only the boys face is seen as he narrates that it was the first time he ejaculated.

A man shoves a young man to a bed and makes him do oral sex after he slaps him several times, the act extends some time as the man is insulting the young man verbally using crude terms, he spits on him and shoves him violently to the bed. Later that scene, the man hits the young man in the head with a rod, shoves him into the bathtub, and grabs both of his legs and rapes him violently from behind. The man picks up a bottle of shampoo and starts hitting the young man on the head with it as he rapes him (the water in the bathtub becomes becomes bloody).

A young boy puts fireworks in another boy's mouth, and then he proceeds to light them. They shoot up in the air, and the older boy's mouth is the seen bloody and cut up.

Some bits of horror movies are shown being watched by characters. A zombie movie is seen on television, and a bit where a man is violently ripped apart by zombies. Blood and gore is shown, although the film is in black & white. Also, a female character is shown watching the same movie, and a bit is shown where a zombie eats a large insect.

A young boy in a movie theater watches a film where we see a girl's head being chopped off. Blood briefly squirts from the neck stump before the camera cuts away.

Fuck is used several times throughout the film, as well as others like shit, bitch, ass, cock, faggot, etc.

Many scenes show character smoking and drinking. Teenagers are frequently shown smoking and drinking. A teenage character often abuses drugs and is seen taking LSD and smoking marijuana. A man snorts cocaine in one scene and forces a teenage boy to do the same.

The fireworks scene.

The rape and subsequent beating.

Themes of child molestation and sexual abuse.

Off-putting attitudes towards the gore-movie scenes.

Suggested MPAA Rating: NC-17 for aberrant explicit & disturbing sexual content

Argentina:13 / Australia:R / Brazil:18 / Canada:R (Alberta/British Columbia) / Canada:18A (Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Finland:K-18 (TV rating) (2007) (self applied) / France:16 / Germany:18 / Ireland:18 / Italy:VM14 / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Portugal:M/18 (Qualidade) / Singapore:R21 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:Unrated (certificate #40631) / USA:NC-17 (original rating) (rating surrendered)

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