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. Tom and Edie try to make up for not being with each other in high school, so they dress up like themselves back when they were in high school, and start to make out. Tom then removes the panties off of his wife (No Nudity, She is Wearing a Cheerleader Skirt) and performs cunnilingus on her (No Nudity). They then go into the 69 position (No Nudity).

. During the Diner scene, one of the criminals grabs a woman's clothed breast, and sniffs his hand afterwards, and wipes his hand on his chest. It is implied he is gonna attempt to rape her.

. Tom and Edie have violent sex on their hallway staircase. Tom removes Edie's panties revealing a clear side view of her butt. We also see a clear view of Tom's butt as he thrusts. There is a lot of thrusting and moaning present in this scene as well.

. Edie walks out of their bedroom bathroom, wearing an open bathrobe, clearly exposing both of her bare breasts, and her pubic region.

. References to sexual assault and rape.



. In the opening scene, we see two hotel clerks that have been killed by two criminals. One of them has several stab wounds with a slit throat, with blood all over his, as well as a pool of blood below him. The other clerk is face down in a pool of blood.

. One of the criminals shoots a little girl, after she witnesses his crime scene. The shooting of the little girl is off-screen, we just hear the gun shot.

. During an attempted robbery at a Diner, Tom shoots one of the criminals in the chest several times, he then crashes through a window. He shoots the other criminal in the head, and the criminal's jaw blows off in graphic detail. Afterwards, we see the aftermath, with his face in a pool of blood, with a detached jaw.

. Jack gets into a fight with a bully at school. He beats him up pretty bad, resulting in a very bloody aftermath. The fight scene is pretty graphic, and bloody.

. Tom kills three people in a fight. One of the people is shot several times in the chest, while another one has his nose beaten into his skull. We see his nose pushed back into his head, with his nose bone protruding from his forehead. The other one is killed with a shotgun to the back. His chest is seen all blown open, with blood all over him.

. Tom kills a group of mobsters in very graphic detail. One has his neck snapped, while the other two are shot several times, and beaten. One of the mobsters is throat stomped and blood is seen pouring from his mouth.


.Tom kills his brother with a bullet to the head. We see the back of his head blow up after being shot.


18 uses of the f-word and 14 uses of the s-word.

. Several slang terms such as p*ssy and d*ck.


. A boy and a girl share a joint i.e. a cannabis laced cigarette. Two other boys in the same scene share an alcoholic beverage.

. At a bar, some people drink alcoholic beverages.


. The movie is very graphic and violent.

. 36/50=72%

Suggested MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence, sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug content.

Rated R for strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use
Argentina:16 / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating on appeal) / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:16+ (Quebec) / Czech Republic:15 / Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-15/13 (original rating) / France:12 / Germany:18 (bw) / Hong Kong:III / Iceland:16 / Indonesia:D / Ireland:18 / Israel:16 / Italy:T / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:(Banned) / Mexico:C / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R18 / Norway:18 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-13 (cut) / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #41604)

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