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MPAA Rated R for graphic heroin use and resulting depravity, strong language, sex, nudity and some violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Renton's bare butt can be seen briefly in one scene
  • Diane is shown partially naked from behind
  • Spud's can be seen naked briefly and his genitals are shown shortly.
  • Not really too much other than the brief scene and some jokes, fine for most teens.
  • After Renton and Diane have sex, Renton is shown nude, and his genitals are seen unfiltered for a few seconds.
  • Tommy and a woman kiss while he grabs her butt.
  • A man and a woman have sex on TV.
  • Renton is shown taking off a condom.
  • The word cunt is said a lot by Begbie
  • Most of the sex takes place at one point.
  • One brief sex scene with nudity and very little action shown. Scene lasts for a few seconds.
  • A couple of strong references

Violence & Gore

  • Begbie dropkicks a man during a soccer game.
  • A man is hit in the face with a beer glass and beaten briefly, his face is partly covered with blood.
  • A beer glass hits a woman offscreen, her face is briefly shown covered in blood. This ignites a bar fight.
  • A young man is hit on the back with a pool cue and kicked a few times.
  • A man is cut in the hand by a knife, we briefly see the wound.


  • 175 uses of "fuck". 19 uses of "cunt". Pervasive use of "shit", and "piss".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Renton and Dianne smoke hashish in Renton's flat
  • The film is about drug addiction.
  • Characters are shown drunk or getting high because of drugs.
  • There are frequent depictions of the characters preparing drugs, including scenes of them heating the drugs over a flame, tying their arms with belts and injecting the drug into their veins.
  • While such scenes are frequent, the film does not promote or glamourise drug abuse.
  • There are a few drug induced hallucinations in the film as well.
  • All characters smoke and drink and several scenes take place in bars.
  • A character shoves a Morphine suppository up his anus and accidentally defecates it into the toilet and has to retrieve it by going into the toilet, which leads to an oddly fantastical sequence in the toilet waters.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Trainspotting has many disgusting and uncomfortable scenes even though it is a dark comedy.
  • Rated R for pervasive language and drug use, strong sexuality/nudity, disturbing images and some violence
  • "Trainspotting" revolves around a young heroin addict (Renton) and his fellow drug addict friends who are unemployed and leading aimless lives. After a close brush with law, he decides to kick his addiction and moves to London where he finds a flat and a decent job. However, his friends show up at his house unannounced and invite him to join them in an opportunity to make quick cash, leading him back to a life of drugs and crime.
  • Renton experiences bizarre hallucinations during heroin withdrawal, including a baby rotating her head 180 degrees as she crawls across the ceiling. Many consider this to be one of the scariest non-horror movie scenes.
  • The violence is brief, but it can be shocking. The treatment of a transvestite may be off-putting.
  • Renton inserts a Morphine suppository into his rectum to help with the withdrawal symptoms while he is trying to detox from heroin. However severe diarrhea is a common symptom of opiate withdrawal and he accidently defecates the suppository into a filthy toilet that is already full of feces. He then proceeds to reach into the toilet and starts feeling around trying to find the suppository among all the feces. He is then seen pulling himself into the toilet and swimming around. (the latter half is a hallucination)


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A girl informs a man who she had slept with before that she's underage
  • Brief flash of mild nudity, not really that obvious

Violence & Gore

  • Begbie breaks a lamp in a hotel room.
  • Begbie is a vicious sociopath so some scenes can be quite violent.
  • A heroin-addicted woman is distraught after finding a dead, neglected baby.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • It depicts the dangers of drug addiction, including how the protagonist suffers from severe withdrawal syndrome during his rehabilitation. A character contracts AIDS from the sharing of needles, eventually dying alone from septicaemia as a kitten meows nearby.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A baby who has been neglected so much that it dies is shown after she has been dead for awhile. The baby is lightly decomposed and looks extremely realistic. This image and the screaming of its mother who finds it make this scene highly disturbing and upsetting.

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