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MPAA Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements concerning dysfunctional relationships, drug content, language, sexuality and violence

Sex & Nudity

  • We see a scene of a teenager in her underwear.
  • One scene shows a man sleeping in his underwear.
  • A man and woman can be heard making love.

Violence & Gore

  • An unidentified girl bloodies a girl's lip. The girl later holds a knife to the girl's throat.


  • One use of the f-word as well as some mild cursing (e.g. hell, damn, taking the Lord's name in vain)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Various characters smoke in some scenes including the ones played by Alison Lohman & Robin Wright Penn.
  • Lots of background smoking.
  • Some characters drink alcohol in a few scenes but mostly while eating.
  • A woman is an alcoholic but you actually don't see her drink.
  • Many times in the movie, drugs are mentioned - no graphic use, though.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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

Sex & Nudity

  • Several scenes imply that a 15-year-old girl sleeps with her foster mother's boyfriend.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman shoots a teenager for sleeping with her boyfriend.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character commits suicide by pills and alcohol.

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