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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

Larry climbs up on the roof to adjust his TV antenna and spots his neighbor, Mrs. Samsky, sunbathing in the nude in her backyard (displaying full-frontal nudity from a distance). When Larry meets the woman and confesses that he and his wife are separated, she suggestively asks him if he's taking "advantage of his new freedoms." Larry later dreams of having sex with the woman while she straddles him wearing a bra. (The scene includes graphic sexual movements and sounds.)

In another dream, Sy slams Larry up against a blackboard and coarsely states that he's had sex with Judith. A pair of policemen say that Arthur has been arrested for "solicitation and sodomy." Danny's question about what sodomy is doesn't get answered.

Violence & Gore

In the opening segment set in the 1800s, a woman stabs a man in the chest with an ice pick. As blood begins to soak his shirt, the elderly man hobbles out into the snow.

Larry triggers a three-car pile-up in town. We don't see it, but Sy is also involved in a wreck. Larry's angry gun-toting neighbor returns from a hunting trip with a bloody deer carcass strapped to his station wagon's roof. Later, in one of Larry's dreams, the neighbor shoots Arthur with his rifle and then points at Larry and says to his son, "There's another Jew, son!" Blood splatters from Arthur's head graphically. A painting depicts the biblical Abraham holding a knife to Isaac's chest. A lawyer keels over in a meeting with a heart attack.


The f-word and its derivatives are uttered approximately 18 times - most of them by teenagers, along with some 8 scatological terms, 6 religious exclamations, 4 anatomical terms, one obscene hand gesture, and a couple of mild insults.

The movie minors on marijuana. Larry gets high when he shares a joint with Mrs. Samsky. And she smokes more of it in Larry's dream. Danny talks of buying a "lid" from a neighbor boy. And we see him on several occasionsincluding just before his Bar Mitzvahgetting stoned with schoolmates.

Folks smoke tobacco as well, in the form of cigarettes and a pipe. When Sy comes over to talk with Larry, he brings a bottle of fine wine as a bribe of sorts.

In a dream sequence, a man is suddenly shot in the head. A group of schoolchildren are shown in the path of a tornado.

Rated R for: Graphic Language, Nudity, Graphic Violence, Adult Content.(HBO advisory)

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Rated R for language, some sexuality/nudity and brief violence
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:16 / Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:PG (British Columbia) / Canada:G (Québec) / Denmark:11 / Finland:K-11 / Germany:12 (f) / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:12 / Ireland:15A / Japan:PG12 / Mexico:B15 / Netherlands:12 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:M18 / South Korea:15 / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #45447)

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