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MPAA Rated R for graphic violence and brief nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • A man is aggressively trying to get a woman to kiss him in the background of a scene.
  • A boy pulls back a teen girl's shirt revealing her bare breasts
  • An XXX store is seen in the background of a scene.
  • A boy makes out with a girl for a few seconds in the background.

Violence & Gore

  • In a scene a girl shoots a guys face in half and blood goes everywhere. (Brief)
  • A man walks along with a torso wound; blood soaks his coat and forms a pool as he lies down.
  • A man falls from a bike, and a teen driving past hits him with a hammer, knocking off his helmet with blood splattering briefly.
  • Two dogs attempt to attack a man; he shoots them both with blood splattering.
  • A man confronts a firing squad of armed officers and is shot multiple times. Blood is shown.
  • The violence is not VERY EXTREME but can get a little bit intense.
  • A gym coach punches one delinquent and slaps a few others. Some blood sprays. They walk out afterwards with a side of their face swollen. Blood briefly pours out of the punched one's mouth.
  • In a scene, a biker punches her in the face, she drops to the floor. She is later seen with a bloody nose and bruised face.
  • A man is shot, and a part of his face is lacerated with much blood spewing out briefly. The exit wound is briefly seen, and he slides into the water with blood trailing him.
  • In a rage, a teen boy hits a gang member seven times onscreen and a few times offscreen. Blood spurts twice.
  • A teenage boy hallucinates his insides falling out. Intestines, blood, and guts are visible as he attempts to put them back. Brief, but animated.
  • A gun is found with a severed arm on the handle, it is shaken off (minimal blood).
  • In a hallway, two guards and a doctor are exploded to nothing but blood and limbs. A lot of blood is on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Limbs and blood are briefly dripping from the ceiling as the boy walks away.
  • Laser weapons are fired upon a mob of rowdy citizens. A laser hits a man's shoulder, making a large amount of blood spew out briefly.
  • One or two fleeting glimpses of bloody shootings/beatings.
  • A teen boy's arm is severed at the bicep by a laser weapon fired from the sky. A bloody stump is later seen, with blood dripping.
  • A girl is quickly crushed into nothing but blood (as if she had exploded). (Minimal Blood.)
  • A large trail of blood briefly leads to a few dead bodies in a bathtub. (Very brief.)
  • A man shoots another man in the stomach, he collapses with some blood. He is later seen walking with blood on his jumpsuit.
  • A boy steps on a glass and breaks it, with bits of blood splattering. He then pulls the bloody pieces out of his foot. Some blood is on the floor in the next few shots.


  • Spray paint says "fuck you" 2 times, as well as separate uses of "shit," "asshole," "goddamn it," "damn it," and "damn" respectively.
  • English dub (Pioneer): 5 uses of 'fuck' (4 briefly written), 5 of 'son of a bitch', 3 of 'shit' (2 hard to hear), and 1 of 'bitch', 'ass', and 'asshole'. Also 40 instances of 'damn' and 'hell', 10 of 'bastard', a few of 'Jesus' and 'God', and 1 of 'Goddamn', 'crap' and 'piss'.
  • English dub (Streamline): 5 uses of 'fuck' (4 written), 3 of 'dammit', 2 uses of 'bastard' and 'hell', and 1 of 'bitch', 'bitchin', 'son of a bitch', and 'crap'.
  • Original Japanese version: 5-6 uses of 'shit', 4 written uses of 'fuck', and 1 of 'bitch', 'ass', and 'son of a bitch'. Also 10 instances of 'hell' 9 of 'damn', 3 of 'bastard', and 1 of 'Goddamn'. There are also a few incomplete uses of 'son of a bitch' ('son of a...').

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are more drug references in the Japanese version, but they're not very strong.
  • Teenage boys and their girlfriends smoke and share cigarettes in one scene, passing them to each other and lighting them for each other. One boy spits it out immediately.
  • Several adult characters are seen smoking.
  • In the beginning, there is a bar and a few people are seen drinking.
  • In one scene, a teenage boy demands a barkeeper sells him 'capsules', which are not specified. He is later seen with the pills, tossing them in his hands.
  • In the beginning, a man goes into a bar and demands pills, which the bartender sells him.
  • There is an scene in which a man drops his medication, a bottle of pills, and dies as he cannot take them in time.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A girl is trapped and subsequently crushed to death. It is brief but distressing
  • Towards the end of the film, a character undergoes an unexpected and gross mutation.
  • A man has a heart attack, and cannot take his medication in time.
  • A boy has a nightmare; a giant bear, and toy car and a rabbit are seen.


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Violence & Gore

  • A teen boy unwillingly turns into a giant mutation.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In one scene a girl shoots a guys face in half and blood goes everywhere.
  • The ending can be very intense to some viewers. It's unsettling, disgusting and hard to look at both emotionally and physically

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