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MPAA Rated R for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A man puts his hand on a woman's chest. No nudity is shown.
  • Occasional sexual dialogue.
  • While working as a projectionist at a movie theater, one of the lead characters splices frames of pornography into family movies. An audience watching a movie hears an orgasm that lasts less than a second. Pictures of penises and a bare-breasted woman are shown extremely briefly.
  • Life like dildo in scene and made to jiggle.
  • A woman grabs a man's crotch as he is cleaning dishes.
  • A man wakes up to hear a man and a woman having sex. Loud, passionate moaning can be heard.
  • A woman says that she hasn't "been f--ked like that since grade school".
  • A few rotating frames of two characters having sex are played. Buttocks and breasts are shown. Moaning is heard. This scene is shot in a distorted manner and it seems to be more strange than sexy.

Violence & Gore

  • More than a dozen scenes of fighting between men. Sometimes the fighting gets bloody.
  • A man's face is beaten to a bloody pulp. He struggles to breathe afterwards.
  • Not as graphic as it's reputation, but pretty violent nonetheless.
  • A character's apartment explodes. Charred pieces of furniture are seen.
  • A character dreams of being caught in a plane crash.
  • A group of men hold a man hostage, pulling down his pants and duct-taping his mouth shut. They threaten to castrate him and he passes out from shock.
  • A car crash happens when a character stops steering and allows the car to careen into oncoming traffic before crashing into a ditch.
  • In one scene, one of the lead characters works at a restaurant to urinate in a customer's food.
  • A man covers another man's hand with an acidic powder as a test of strength and slaps him repeatedly as he screams and writhes in pain.
  • Members of the "fight club" are told to start fights with strangers in public and they do so.
  • A man holds a gun to another man's mouth in the opening scene and the ending scene.
  • Members of the "fight club" commit acts of urban vandalism, such as blowing up a computer store and destroying a coffee shop. At the end, they blow up skyscrapers with planted explosives.
  • Two men rob a stranger at gunpoint and threaten to kill him.
  • After most of the fight scenes characters have some bloody cuts and bruises. The main character often walks around with injuries that get more severe as the film goes on.


  • 80 uses of "fuck". More than a dozen uses of "shit". "Damn", "ass", "goddamn", "titties". A couple uses of "bitch t-ts" (referring to a man). Occasional sexual dialogue, but nothing notably crude. 1 use of "cock", and 5 uses of "balls".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman threatens suicide by overdosing on Xanax.
  • A bottle of pills is seen a few times.
  • Vodka and beer drinking.
  • Lots of cigarette smoking. Several scenes take place in a bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The violence in the film is played for dark humor, but is quite intense for some viewers.
  • The entire film is extremely disturbing and psychologically crazy, as men are dehumanized to commit numerous acts of terrorism, vandalism, and anarchy. Not to mention the fact that they're told to fight each other in order to reclaim their masculinity. This material can make viewers feel uncomfortable. However, the film is meant to be satirical and not to be taken too seriously.
  • Suggested MPAA rating: R for strong graphic violence and disturbing behavior, strong sexuality, and pervasive language


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

Violence & Gore

  • A man gets his hand burned by a chemical. The wound is later seen a few times.
  • A man is pistol whipped. Little blood is shown.
  • The Narrator shoots himself through the cheek to kill his alternate self, or Tyler Durden. Tyler is seen with a bullet hole on the back of his head and he collapses, dead.
  • A character gets shot in the head by a police officer. He lays on a table, dead as he bleeds out from the back of his head.

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