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MPAA Rated R for intense, realistic depiction of urban violence, and for drug content, pervasive language, and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • One fairly explicit scene describes a woman saying she would give oral sex to a kid, in fairly R-rated language.
  • Explicit remarks are made throughout the movie.
  • In one scene Esteban talks about women and how they "jump on that d**k like a pack of gold". And in one he tries to talk about how he fantasizes about his sister."
  • A scene of brief nudity where we see a child go to bed naked. There might be a very brief view of the back edge of his scrotum but nothing notable. Nothing really explicit is shown.
  • Some crude sexually explicit comments are made.
  • There is a scene where a man and woman are completely nude, shows the backside of the mans body and the front of the womans body.

Violence & Gore

  • A character gets smacked, a very humiliating form of violence. Upsetting to watch.
  • A good amount of the violence in this movie is rather bizarre for an R alone. This movie might have been considered for an NC-17 rating
  • A character gives a very bizarre rant in which he threatens to "grease" and "drop" someone for not giving him in the money he is owed. It is very weirdly uncomfortable.
  • A racist cop assaults Fresh briefly by throwing his bookbag back at him in a violent manner. Not graphic at all.
  • A dog fight is seen


  • Non-stop use of the F-word. Other profanities used as well.
  • Perhaps the most profane movie in the hood film genre

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The movie revolves around a drug dealer, drugs & addicts are shown.
  • Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Intense: The atmosphere of the movie is violent.
  • Frightening/traumatizing: The nature of some of the killings in this movie are bizarre, and bound to traumatize.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • During the final fight Esteban fights with Herbie about Nichole, and the F-word is used, sexually. Also a reference to a pad is mad.

Violence & Gore

  • We see a very bizarre shooting of a thug shooting a young boy and girl that is very graphic on a outside basketball court just because the young boy beat him in basketball.
  • Very graphic gore. After the shooting, Fresh goes over to their bodies and blood is everywhere. The young girls body is shaking and it goes limp.
  • The killer gives a disturbing and graphic rant threatening to kill any witness who says anything.
  • Another traumatizing killing also happens: Fresh's pal Chuckie is killed, in an apparent mugging attempt. Very traumatizing. Someone shoots a car tire to pin a little boy hand under the tire (because he tries to get his gun) (fairly graphic)
  • We see a violent, quite traumatizing, gunfight between three rival families (nothing graphic though, as the scene is only seen from the boy's side) -- all over a girl.
  • A crime lord brutally beats two guys for allegedly betraying him (in the shots where we see the beating happen, it's brutal and graphic; but most of the beating is only heard, not shown on screen)
  • A dog is shot


  • Two scenes with racism - one drug dealer, Hector calls black people "niggers." In one scene we see a very racist detective spewing really racist language, calling the police precinct a "zoo" because the suspects are mostly black and Hispanic, and calling black people "monkeys" and "animals" (aimed at both).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The main character using his buddy may upset/anger some. The end might also upset others. The scene with the boy shooting the dog might sadden some.

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