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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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The film opens with a man walking around his apartment completely nude. The sequence lasts a few minutes and is a continuous shot. His genitals can very clearly be seen, as well as his fully nude back. He walks around for a few minutes nude and then pees in a toilet. Nothing is obscured during this scene and he is seen peeing from behind, his penis showing between his legs.

A man thrusts into a woman from behind against a window, they are fully naked and he climaxes. His testicles can be seen as he sits down afterward and the woman stands at the window, showing her bare buttocks. The woman turns around, giving a clearer view of her fully nude body. She walks to the bathroom and puts on her bra.

A woman strips and is shown fully undressed as she walks toward a man.

A man has hard sex with a nude woman from behind, thrusting against a hotel window. Seen from a distance for about 5 seconds.

A man engages in a threesome with two women, shot in long takes in a close up shot, with him sucking on the woman's breasts and buttocks, kissing down their chests as the women pleasure each other and he thrusts vigorously from behind one of them until he climaxes. Not much is clear since the shot is extremely close-up.

A woman removes her bra, she kisses and caresses a man who caresses back, but stops. Lasts about 20 seconds.

A woman, who is the main character's sister, is seen fully nude in a shower stall. The shot lasts for 5-6 seconds.

A man and woman have clothed sex in dark lighting. He thrusts and climaxes. A man masturbates a few times (his penis is shown briefly).

The protagonist walks in the back of a gay nightclub where several couples are seen in the background engaging in various acts (obscured). He then briefly makes out with a man before having oral sex performed on him (nothing is shown), he moans and climaxes.

A man briefly masturbates a clothed woman before he is interrupted. A webcam briefly shows a woman stripping and talking dirty.

A woman is overheard having sex with a man, nothing shown, and the woman's brother hears this and becomes agitated.

A man gets angry at a woman and climbs on top of her. He is wearing a towel and his towel falls, exposing his buttocks and his penis.

Nipples shown from shirt

A person is unconscious with blood on his/her wrists and some of it on clothes and the floor.

As a result of some vulgar behavior, a man is kicked and punched by another man a couple times. His face has a medium bruise.

51 uses of 'fuck', 8 of 'shit', 5 of 'ass' (1 used crudely), and 3 of 'asshole'. Some mostly moderate sexual dialogue, with one exception. Much of the language is used in an angry or serious context.

Social drinking and a few characters are noticeably drunk in a few scenes.

A man snorts a line of cocaine to reduce anxiety.

A man is asked if he wants to get high, but he does not do it.

The bloody scene in the "Violence" section is emotional and possibly intense.

The film's tone is occasionally disquieting.

A few potentially intense arguments.

Rated NC-17 for some explicit sexual content

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