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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 buttocks are briefly shown in one scene.
  • Diane is shown partially naked from behind in one scene.
  • Spud's buttocks are briefly shown, as are his genitals.
  • 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 buttocks.
  • A man and a woman have sex on TV.
  • Renton is shown taking off a condom, but his penis isn't shown.
  • Most of the graphic sexual content takes place in one extended montage of multiple couples having sex.
  • The sex in this movie is not depicted as raunchy or humorous.
  • If there was no sexual dialogue, this would be a light moderate.
  • female full frontal nudity
  • 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 is shown destroying a hotel room in a fit of rage. No one is seen being hurt.
  • Despite being somewhat infrequent, the violence 'Trainspotting' does have is very strong.
  • A bar fight occurs In which numerous punches are thrown but this is brief.
  • A man is cut in the hand by a knife, we briefly see the wound. This is very bloody.


  • Pervasive language
  • 142 uses of "F-word". 23 uses of "c*nt". Pervasive use of "sh*t", 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.
  • 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)


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Sex & Nudity

  • A girl informs a man who she had slept with before that she's underage.

Violence & Gore

  • Begbie is a vicious sociopath so some scenes can be quite violent.
  • Begbie is a vicious sociopath and many scenes include him inflicting pain on people physically and verbally. He also carries around a knife but It is only used once.
  • Begbie hits a man in the face with a beer glass and beats him briefly, he is shown unconscious in a pool of blood. This is very disturbing and graphic and probably the most violent scene in the film.
  • Begbie kicks a man in the crotch. This is meant to be comedic.

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 toxoplasmosis from an unclean needle, eventually dying alone 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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