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MPAA Rated R for violence, brief language and nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and woman passionate, clothed kissing, but another man interrupts them.
  • Several women are seen naked in the prison showers, though it is dark and the nudity is barely distinguishable. A women is seen on a video camera screen, and her bare breasts can be seen, (moderate nudity).
  • A woman talks about a potential suspect, saying he probably had inappropriate sexual attractions, probably "got off" on abusing animals and has a confused sexuality.

Violence & Gore

  • We see murder flashbacks including an ax, and lots of blood although the actual violence is only briefly seen. Throughout the movie there is a lot of struggling between individuals which may upset younger children. many bloody cuts are seen on a person's arm. Bloody aftermath of a murder including words written in blood on a door is seen. A few other people are seen with some blood on them. A man is shot in the forehead while on fire, little blood is shown.


  • For an R-rated movie, the language is surprisingly tame.
  • 1 use of fuck (in a sexual context, which is why it was included in the classification)
  • At least 4 uses of shit, 5 uses of "damn" including in the form of goddamn, and a few uses of "hell". Some other swears as well.
  • 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 7 mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • a cigar is seen being smoked. liquor is seen on a desk. scene of a hypodermic needle, being inserted into an arm.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The room where Miranda is locked in at the mental hospital has a bunch of little holes on the walls, could possibly make viewers with triphobia majorly uncomfortable.
  • There are several jump scenes throughout the movie. Nightmares and flashbacks are seen and are intense, frightening and most of the times, bloody.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • References to rape, sexual abuse and sexual torture, depictions of rape and violent depictions of sexual torture; a woman describes dreams that she has about being raped by the devil, a young girl who is ill is sexually assaulted, a prison guard is depicted and unveiled as a serial rapist of the inmates.

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