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

Sex & Nudity

  • A man places his hand on a woman's chest; no breasts are shown.
  • Occasional sexual dialogue.
  • References to dildos
  • A woman references having sex with a certain person
  • A man wakes up to hear a man and a woman having sex. Loud, passionate moaning can be heard. Nothing is shown.
  • A woman makes some crude references
  • One woman is publicly saying that she misses sex and that she would like someone to have sex with her. Another woman is moving her off stage because she's embarrassed. The scene is there for black humor.
  • Right after the Narrator says, "Let me tell you something about Tyler Durden," a picture of a penis is very, very briefly shown. Also briefly shown are pictures of a woman's breasts.
  • Most of the movie's sexual content happens in the first half.
  • During a scene, 'The Narrator' (Edward Norton's character) is downstairs when he hears moaning from upstairs. Nothing is shown.
  • A sex scene reappears 2 times in the film
  • There is a very loud and wild sex scene between two characters in different positions. Breasts are seen
  • A few rotating frames of two characters extremely briefly having sex.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is pistol whipped. Little blood is shown.
  • 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. This is extremely brutal and it's all shown in really close-up and slow-motion.
  • A character's apartment explodes. Charred pieces of furniture are seen.
  • A character dreams of being caught in a plane crash, with an inside view of an airplane being torn apart.
  • 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.
  • A man 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. The skin starts to blister really bad and partly melts away. This is pretty graphic and the camera lingers on the injury for a while.
  • Members of the "fight club" are told to start fights with strangers in public and they do so.
  • 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.
  • One character hits the other character's head from the floor, the scene is very brutal and gory, later this same character is seen in a film with a partially mutilated face.
  • Urban vandalism, cruel pranks, antisocial behavior, acts of terrorism.
  • 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 "f--k".
  • More than a dozen uses of "sh*t".
  • "D*mn" is said.
  • "*ss" is said.
  • "Godd*mn" is said several times.
  • "Titties" is said.
  • Several uses of "b*tch-tits" (referring to a man).
  • Occasional sexual dialogue, but nothing notably crude.
  • 1 use of "c*ck" and 5 uses of "balls".
  • Most of the profanity comes from Pitt's and Norton's characters.
  • There is much more profanity in this movie than Common Sense Media listed in their movie review.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman threatens suicide by overdosing on Xanax.
  • A bottle of pills is seen a few times.
  • Vodka and beer drinking.
  • A woman smokes constantly, and appears in several scenes.
  • One of the main characters smokes very often.
  • One of the main characters says he doesn't smoke near the beginning of the film, but starts smoking later.
  • Several scenes take place in and around bars.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The violence throughout is played for dark humor, but is quite graphic.
  • 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.
  • The film has a very dark tone throughout the film, although some moments are meant to be comedic.


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Sex & Nudity

  • In the final scene, a film frame of a penis is seen for less than a second.

Violence & Gore

  • A man holds a gun to another man's mouth in the opening scene and the ending scene.
  • The Narrator shoots himself through the cheek to kill his alternate self, or Tyler Durden. Lots of blood then gushes out from the wound and down his neck. Tyler is seen with a graphic and gory 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. The top half of his head is missing and blood and brains spill out. Brief but very graphic.
  • Tyler Durden get in a fight with another man. Eventually it gets pretty brutal and bloody.

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