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At least two scenes involve heavy crude banter between male characters in regards to sexual experiences, including references to bestiality, anal sex and several uses of f--k in a sexual context.

A prostitute is shown getting dressed after seeing a man, her rear and bra visible from the side. The man and her exchange crude remarks as she leaves.

A major character is a drunkard with a penchant for prostitutes.

The scenes of violence in the film are limited, but they are highly brutal and have an accompanying atmosphere of dread which lingers throughout the film.

Two men rough up another man; they smash him through a window and throws him out of the back-door of his house. He is not seriously wounded.

Two men rob a mob-protected poker-game; this includes threatening people with guns, yelling at them and hitting one guy in the chest with the butt of his gun

A man is brutally punched in the face several times, with realistic sounds of impact, and the man crying in pain as his face becomes covered in blood. There are fleeting shots of blood spraying from his mouth and nose in some shots.

A man is killed by being shot through the head in slow-motion while at a stop light.

A man shoots another man in the background of a scene. We see a man fall to the ground.

A man is shot in the chest with a shotgun from long range. The man is bleeding heavily, he cries, moans in pain and is promptly shot again to finish him off, with blood and matter splattering from impact.

A man is shot in the side of the head at point blank range, a large amount of blood spurts upon impact and he slumps over and a large chunk blows from his head. He is then finished off with three other shots off-screen.

We see two characters being put in a freezer in a morgue

The f-word is a heavy part of dialogue, being used 193 times, with many other terms (a**, p*ssy, sh*t, b*tch, pr*ck, d*ck, etc) accompanying it. Two shocking uses of "jesus f***ing christ" and "f***ing jesus". Extended scenes of crude banter between characters in regards to sexual experiences (referencing acts like anal sex and bestiality at one point) involve heavy use of anatomical slang. One reference to retarded children.

Very few scenes where a cigarette is not lit, with the main character smoking a cigarette in almost every scene.

A character is briefly seen wrapping his arm with a belt as he injects heroin, and the film depicts things from his point of view for an extended period of time. He rambles, zones out when someone tries to talk to him, has his eyes closed and his vision is very blurry while the sound is distorted when hearing someone speak from his perspective. He smokes a marijuana joint throughout at the same time.

Multiple scenes in bars, with one character being a drunkard (almost never seen without a drink for all of his screen time) who has a penchant for prostitutes.

A character who is addicted to heroin claims that he plans to become a major heroin dealer.

A character stashes heroin in a public locker facility

Certain scenes mentioned in the "Violence & Gore" section might be intense for many viewers including the beating scene.

Violence always appears out of nowhere so it may cause a mild jump of viewers.The sound effect are also very realistic and very loud.

Rated R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use

Rated R for violence, sexual references, pervasive language, and some drug use

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