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

Sex & Nudity

  • After Diane kicks Renton out of her room, after you hear the condom snap off you can see Renton's genitals for at least 2 seconds
  • There is a scene where it cuts between three couples in different places. Some thrusting. Bare breasts are shown, buttocks and (very briefly) two different men's penises. This scene is short and doesn't last very long.
  • A couple of references

Violence & Gore

  • 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.


  • 68 uses of 'fuck', 21 of 'shit(e)', a couple uses of Cunt ( this is a regular word for people in the U.K. ), 5 of 'bastard', 3 of 'wanker', and 1 vulgar use of 'shag'.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Renton and Dianne smoke hashish in Renton's flat
  • 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.
  • It depicts the dangers of drug addiction, including how the protagonist suffers from severe withdrawal syndrome during his rehabilitation, as well as a character contracting AIDS from the sharing of needles.
  • 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

  • Based on the novel of the same title, 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)


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Sex & Nudity

  • In an after-sex scene a young woman is seen getting dressed. Brief breasts and pubic region shown and brief male frontal nudity as she gets him out of her room.
  • A drunk, passed out man is seen fully nude in bed after having been undressed by his girlfriend.

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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