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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

Sex/Nudity: 8/10

- A man is seen thrusting repeatedly into his girlfriend from the rear. The top of his buttocks are visible. The side of one of her buttocks is visible for a moment. They make some grunting noises. He finishes whilst still inside her and she reacts negatively before walking into the bathroom and cleaning her vagina, close-up and graphic although the vagina is not seen.

- A woman's breasts are briefly visible whilst showering as a man walks into the shower, his buttocks also visible as both are naked. He tries to kiss her, which she reluctantly agrees to. He is then seen lowering below the camera level. The camera eventually follows him down, and we see his hand grasp her naked buttock and a strong implication of cunnilingus. This is brief, however, as she soon tells him to stop.

- A man unbuttons a woman's blouse. Her nipple is briefly visible as he leans in to kiss it. Both are drunk, and she isn't very obliging, which angers him. Over a few minutes, she undresses herself. They eventually engage in intercourse, and her fully naked body is visible, the camera angle representing roughly her point of view. He moves her body in strong thrusting motions, which is quite graphic, although whatever nudity is visible is only partially so, as the camera is in focus on her body. He ends the intercourse early though as he doesn't feel that she is happy.

- A man performs cunnilingus on a woman. His head is seen clearly between her legs. Her body thrusts in pleasure, and both makes moaning noises throughout.

- In conversation, one man tells another man that he is being too philosophical about love, and tells him that he needs to get some pussy.

Violence & Gore

Violence/Gore: 5/10

- A man is savagely beaten by his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend. He lands a number of hard punches/blows, which causes bleeding and heavy bruising on the victim and his face. We don't actually see him land every blow--we do a few times--but you can definitely hear them striking his face, and the yelling.

- A man grasps/strangles another by the neck in a heated exchange, before punching him in the face after threatening to hit him.


Profanity: 10/10

At least 32 uses of "f*ck" and its derivatives (some used sexually), 8 uses of "sh*t", 2 uses of "b*tch", 1 use of "p*ssy", and 1 use of "c*nt". Also, some milder obscenities like "hell" and "God-damn/-dammit".

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 4/10

Cigarettes are used in a number of scenes, although not pervasively.

There is some social drinking at various points in the film.

One character is an alcoholic, which we are informed rather than shown, although there are some shots of him drinking straight spirits and beer, outside of a social drinking setting.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 7/10

Specific examples of maturely themed scenes and potentially intense moments:

The aforementioned beating isn't very pleasant.

The scene in which the couple have sex in a motel is rather uncomfortable as it is clear that she doesn't want to have sex. He gets angry and confused about her unwillingness. He shouts at her and she sarcastically taunts him to hit her, then leaves the room in tears.

A scene in an abortion clinic is shown in an intimate and emotional way, with a single take of the doctor beginning the procedure while he explains what he's doing. Although no images of the procedure itself is shown, it's still fairly upsetting, particularly if the viewer is against abortion (although it doesn't happen because the woman stops the doctor).

There is a scene where the family dog is located (after being missing) on the side of the road apparently hit by a car and then later is seen being buried,
this scene may upset animal lovers

A man jokingly threatens to jump off a road-bridge before his girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant, leading to an awkward exchange, after which she walks off and he punches the metal mesh sides of the bridge.

A father figure is shown to be repressive towards his wife as he berates her at the dinner table before suddenly leaving angrily.

Total Explicit Content Estimation: 34/50

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Rated R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating (re-rating on appeal)
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA / Brazil:14 / Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:14A (British Columbia) / Canada:13+ (Québec) / Chile:14 / Denmark:11 / France:U / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:III / Ireland:16 / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R15+ / Malaysia:18 / Netherlands:12 / Portugal:M/16 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Sweden:11 / UK:15 / USA:NC-17 (original rating) / USA:R (re-rating on appeal) (certificate #46358)

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