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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


*** No Explicit Nudity ***

- blurred and/or strategic shots of a man watching pornography (sex sounds, but no explicit nudity)

- woman in underwear for an extended sex and post-sex scene

- topless men

This is how you do it!!! For an exhaustingly over-detailed account, which often cites innuendoes and foul language that should actually be in the Profanity section, see below...

Costello asks a teen girl working behind a restaurant counter whether she had her period yet (coming on to her sexually) and then gives her some money to buy some makeup.

There's a comment about "getting pussy."

Brown says that after graduation (from the police academy) he'll get a "blow job," with Billy jokingly responding, "Your mother must be quite a woman."

About Colin's rise through the police department, Sergeant Dignam sarcastically says it's like "a 12-year-old's dick."

During his meeting with Billy, the police sergeant uses the word "cunt" numerous times.

The camera focuses on a woman's clothed butt (representing Colin's point of view).

We see Billy and other men shirtless in prison (Billy is there as part of a police ploy).

Captain Ellerby and Sgt Dignam trade mocking insults at each other about "fucking" the other's wife and mother.

In separate scenes, some miscellaneous women show varying amounts of cleavage.

About a severed hand, Mr. French jokes about which hand the victim used when he "jerked off."

Costello confronts some priests and makes a mocking comment about sex abuse charges against the Church.

Costello gives some priests what may be a lewd drawing about a nun (they then show it to her, but it's only briefly seen).

We see Madolyn telling Colin that it's not uncommon and he looks uncomfortable, thus suggesting he had some erectile issue the night before.

A woman asks Costello if he going to drop her off somewhere "or fuck me or what?"

About some gangsters showing up with machine guns, Costello tells them "you don't add inches to your dick" by doing so.

Costello wants Colin to take care of police problems and thus suggests something might happen to Madolyn if he doesn't. He asks Colin, "Do you like little miss thing sucking on your cock?" and Colin says he does. Costello then says to fix the problem or else there will be some other guy sticking his "fat cock up her ass."

A person tells another to calm down (in a nonsexual situation) or they'll "shoot" (or possibly "shit") in their pants.

A woman shows some cleavage.

A man sits in an adult theater watching a pornographic movie he then stands up and reveals a dildo from under his coat. Colin then hears male sexual sounds coming from a few rows in front of him as a man then stands up and holds a large dildo in front of his pants. It's Costello, just joking around with Colin, telling him he owns the place, but that since it's always easy for him to get "cunt," he never understands people "jacking off" in the theater. Needing a place to meet Costello, Colin goes into a porn theater where we see clips of a porn film playing on the screen (and otherwise hear its audio with some sexually related sounds), but don't see anything explicit.

A man and a woman passionately kiss and we see the beginnings of them starting to have sex, they lay down on a bed and continue to kiss. The man is seen shirtless while the woman is stripped to her undergarments. The camera lingers on for a long time, with closeups of both of them almost nude.

Costello says that he doesn't need "pussy" anymore, but that he likes it.

We see Colin and Madolyn in bed together, but they're just talking.

A painting in the background of a shot shows a bare-breasted woman holding some small material over her crotch.

After Costello makes an angry call (including talk of someone crawling up another's "ass"), he tells his woman, "You're giving me a hard on." She then playfully asks if he's sure that's not from all of the crawling up the "ass" talk. He tells her to watch her mouth, and she replies, "No, you watch it. Let me straighten you out" as she suggestively goes over to him (presumably to perform oral sex, but we don't see that occur).

Costello is mad about where a subordinate dumped a body, telling him you don't do that "where a guy goes to get a blowjob."

Madolyn shows Colin her ultrasound, showing that she's pregnant and points out a little speck that she says is the baby's penis. The two then roll around on the bed (clothed), with him ending up between her legs.

Costello tells a hooker to bend over and says "don't move till you're numb" implying that they're going to perform anal sex; the scene is not shown.

Violence & Gore


People push and punch each other in a violent street riot.

A man is bashed over the head with a glass leaving a large bloody wound on his head. That same man is later violently punched in the face and knocked out by the man who at first defended him.

A man strangles a woman to death with a wire.

Two bloody corpses are found in a field bound with duct tape.

A man is pistol whipped in the face.

Mafia members burn down a house to destroy evidence of cocaine distribution.

A man is beaten with a metal pipe. Blood splatter on a nearby wall.

Mafia members blow up a car with a Molotov cocktail.

A man is shot in the head with a revolver. Slightly graphic.

An innocent man is brutally stabbed in the street.

A cop is shot in the shoulder.

A man is brutally pistol whipped.

Quite a lot of bloody and mildly bloody shootings involving the police after Costello's gang has been set up.

A man brutally beats two men in a dinner.

A man falls from a roof and crashes on the floor, causing blood to spray on Billy's clothes.Somehow disturbing.

Billy punches Colin several times during a tense argument on a roof, as a result Colin is seen with blood on his face during the following scenes.

A man is shot in the head. A lot of blood sprays on the wall behind him. This is really unexpected and somehow shocking.

Two more men are shot in the head within a short space of time. Blood briefly sprays. Not too graphic.

In what happens to be the last killing of the movie, a man shoots another man in the head with a silenced pistol, causing blood and brain matter to spray on the door and wall behind him.



237 uses of the F-word. Numerous other instances of crassness and cursing: e.g., asshole, goddamn, bitch, cock, prick, dick, pussy, balls, cunt, cocksucker, shit, etc.

The C-word is used 5 times.

Cunt, cock, and dick are used in name calling and also to refer to genitalia.

Racial slurs for Italians, African Americans, Irish, Chinese, and Puerto Ricans.

Tons of crude references to oral sex, incest, pedophilia, masturbation, pornography, and prison rape.


A man claims he is high.

A man tests a bag of cocaine by tasting it.

People are shown drinking alcohol in many scenes throughout the movie.

A man throws some cocaine on a table and tells a hooker not to come up until she's numb.


The overall film is very intense.

Not as violent as, for example Casino, but still lots of violence and bloody scenes.


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Rated R for strong brutal violence, pervasive language, some strong sexual content and drug material
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Austria:16 / Brazil:18 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / China:(Banned) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-15 / France:U (with warning) / Germany:16 / Greece:K-13 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / India:A / Iran:18+ / Ireland:16 (original rating) / Ireland:18 (video rating) / Israel:16 / Italy:T / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:18SG / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:18 / Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/16 / Romania:I.C.-14 / Singapore:R21 / Singapore:M18 (edited version) / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #42877)

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