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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content, nudity, language and a crash sequence

Sex & Nudity

  • Mild sex and some male rear nudity in this film. Nothing full frontal.
  • A man is naked in his theatre for an extended period. Shadows and camera angles obscure his genitalia.
  • Hughes encounters a waitress he finds attractive. He then proceeds to ask her what pleasures here. It's then implied he puts his hand on her privates (off-camera)
  • A man and woman have sex. Nothing is shown. They start kissing and lie down on a couch next to each other. The back of her dress is unzipped and part of her back is seen. The camera cuts. No nudity.
  • Howard Hughes makes out with Ava Gardner. He walks up behind her and kisses her neck while grinding up on her. He then slides his hand under the front of her dress and gropes her breast until she removes his hand.
  • Some talk about 'screwing.'
  • A man's bare buttocks are shown several times.

Violence & Gore

  • A man flies a plane, the engine blows out, the plane falls toward the ground, hits the roof of a house and the wing slices through another house, it then crashes into the ground and the engine explodes; the pilot is trapped in the cockpit, he pulls on his leg, we hear something tear and he screams. While he's is trying to get out, his face is seen with blood streaming down it and his shirt is also spattered in blood. This is graphic and shown for at least a minute, with close-ups as well. When he opens the hatch, flames blow into his face and he falls in flames off the plane and onto the ground -- we see him charred and bloody and hear of the extensive life threatening injuries he sustained.
  • A man flies a plane, it runs out of gas and drifts toward the ground, and then slides some distance through a field; the pilot ends up with a minor injury on his foot (we see a bloody sock later).
  • A man shoves a woman, and she hits him in the head with a statue (we see blood on his forehead).
  • A woman crashes her car into another car repeatedly (no one appears injured).
  • Several men fight on a dance floor, we hear punches landing and see a few men fall on the floor.
  • A man washes his hands until he bleeds.
  • A man appears to be having a seizure (he jerks and convulses and balls up on the floor).


  • 1 "f" word, 8 "s" words, 2 slang terms using male genitals ("pr*ck"), 26 hells, 21 damns, 5 asses, 6 S.O.B.s, 2 craps, 40 uses of "G-damn," 2 each of "For Christ's sakes" and "Jesus," 3 of "For God's sakes," 2 each of "Christ," "Jesus Christ" and "Oh Christ," and 1 use each of "Christ Almighty," "God," "Good God," "Good Lord," "Holy Mother of God," "Oh Christ" and "Oh God."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lots of smoking and drinking of alcoholic beverages.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The plane crash scene is very intense.
  • A mentally unstable man locks himself in a room for several months. He is seen as emaciated and lacks hygiene. He urinates into bottles, and throws things.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The gradual progression of the main character's OCD to the point of causing a nervous breakdown could potentially be very distressing and sad.

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