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A partially clothed woman (With her legs around a man's chest) moans pleasurably and makes explicit sexual comments while having sex with him (She thrusts continiously while he grunts).

Many completely nude women (Some wearing skimpy panties) process heroin in various scenes, with distanced shots of their breasts and various other portions of their anatomy including pubic hair.

Topless women massage a man.

A man admires an exotic dancer who preforms a dance for him.

A man fondles a woman's breast.


A man pours gasoline on another man who's covered in blood and lights it; the burning man screams and a man shoots him several times.

A man smashes a door with a sledge hammer, chases another man, and one man is bitten on the hand (he screams and no blood is visible); a man is struck in the head with the handle of the sledge hammer (no blood), a man is thrown to the floor and we see a man being kicked.

A man holds a gun to a man's head, he fires, the man falls and we see him with a wound in the forehead and a pool of blood around his head. A man shoots a man in the head (blood splatters on a curtain). A man's hand is shot off (we see blood and flesh fly through the air).

A man is shot in the shoulder (blood flies through the air), a man is shot in the stomach and falls backward, a man is shot in the chest, and people fire guns at other people.

A man shoots himself in the head (we see blood splatter behind him).

A man shoots a woman in the back (she cries with pain, there is no visible blood and she does not die).

A man shoots a man in the knee (we see blood later).

Men fire guns from a car at a woman, a man is struck in the shoulder and a man shoots a gun at the car.

We see a man lying dead in a pool of blood, and we see a pale, dead body (covered with a sheet to the shoulders) in a morgue.

A man's head is repeatedly slammed with the lid of a piano and a man and women are shown later cleaning bloodstains out of a carpet.

We see a man with cuts and blood on his face.

A man shoots a dog (we hear whimpering off-screen).

A man throws a man against a pool table and hits him with a pool cue (a bit of blood is seen), a man slams another man to the ground, a man wrestles another man to the ground, and a man kicks a woman in the head.

A man slaps a woman with the back of his hand.

A woman slaps a man.

A man pushes another man to the floor, he points a gun at him, cuffs him, and shoves a cloth in his mouth, and a young boy is grabbed and his mouth is covered.

A man is thrown to the floor, a man is struck in the head with the butt of a shotgun, and another man is knocked unconscious with a gun.

A door is shot sending glass into the face and body of a nearby man.

A man slams a man against a wall and points a gun at him.

A man is punched in the face repeatedly, and another man is punched in the face and the back of his head breaks a window.

A woman lies dead on a bathroom floor with a bloody leg wound.

A woman lies dead in a bed while an infant cries next to her.

A man clutches his chest, and has a heart attack.

A woman injects a man with heroin, and a drop of blood oozes from the puncture, heroin is injected into the stomach of a pregnant woman (we do not see what happens to her), a man injects heroin through a bloody scab, and a women injects heroin into her foot.

A man is pushed down a flight of stairs (we don't see what happens to him). A man crashes through a window.

A man points a gun at a young girl and she screams.

A police officer threatens to kill rowdy teenagers.

A car swerves and cuts off another car and the driver honks angrily.

A man jumps out of a car.

Men discuss killing a family member.

A car explodes (no one is in the car).

A man angrily throws a glass against a wall.

Men break furniture.

We see bombs exploding on TV news footage.

Two men shoot skeet.

A man fires a gun at the camera.


Strong language. About 150 uses of "fuck"


The story follows the rise of a drug dealer, who primarily trafficks heroin.

A man snorts heroin.

A man injects himself with heroin.

Heroin is used throughout.

Alcohol is used in several scenes, as well as smoking.

8/10 A man has a heart attack and you later find out that he died.

There are various intense scenes.

This is a gritty movie.


Rated R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Austria:16 / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) / Finland:K-15/13 (original rating) / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:16 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Ireland:16 / Ireland:18 (DVD rating) / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R-15 / Malaysia:18PL / Netherlands:16 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:18 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:R-18 (original rating) / UK:18 / USA:R (certificate #43495)

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