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MPAA Rated R for violence, pervasive drug content and language, nudity and sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • Almost all nudity is seen so briefly or from a long distance and blurred as to be inconsequential.
  • A partially clothed woman has sex with a man in detail, she makes sexually explicit comments throughout the scene.
  • Many completely nude women (Some wearing skimpy panties) process heroin in various scenes, with distanced shots of their breasts and various other portions of their anatomy including pubic hair.
  • Topless women massage a man.
  • A man admires an exotic dancer who preforms a dance for him.
  • A man fondles a woman's breast.

Violence & Gore

  • A heroin house raid occurs. Many men are shot in this sequence, all with varying amounts of blood and gore
  • A man pours gasoline on another man who's covered in blood and lights it; the burning man screams and a man shoots him several times.
  • A man smashes a door with a sledge hammer, chases another man, and one man is bitten on the hand (he screams and no blood is visible); a man is struck in the head with the handle of the sledge hammer (no blood), a man is thrown to the floor and we see a man being kicked.
  • A man holds a gun to a man's head, he fires, the man falls and we see him with a wound in the forehead and a pool of blood around his head. A man shoots a man in the head (blood splatters on a curtain). A man's hand is shot off (we see blood and flesh fly through the air).
  • A man is shot in the shoulder (blood flies through the air), a man is shot in the stomach and falls backward, a man is shot in the chest, and people fire guns at other people.
  • A man shoots himself in the head (we see blood splatter behind him).
  • A man shoots a woman in the back (she cries with pain, there is no visible blood and she does not die).
  • A man shoots a man in the knee (we see blood later).
  • Men fire guns from a car at a woman, a man is struck in the shoulder and a man shoots a gun at the car.
  • We see a man lying dead in a pool of blood, and we see a pale, dead body (covered with a sheet to the shoulders) in a morgue.
  • A man's head is repeatedly slammed with the lid of a piano and a man and women are shown later cleaning bloodstains out of a carpet.
  • We see a man with cuts and blood on his face.
  • A man shoots a dog (we hear whimpering off-screen).
  • A man throws a man against a pool table and hits him with a pool cue (a bit of blood is seen), a man slams another man to the ground, a man wrestles another man to the ground, and a man kicks a woman in the head.
  • A man pushes another man to the floor, he points a gun at him, cuffs him, and shoves a cloth in his mouth, and a young boy is grabbed and his mouth is covered.
  • A man is thrown to the floor, a man is struck in the head with the butt of a shotgun, and another man is knocked unconscious with a gun.
  • A door is shot sending glass into the face and body of a nearby man.
  • A man slams a man against a wall and points a gun at him.
  • A man is punched in the face repeatedly, and another man is punched in the face and the back of his head breaks a window.
  • A woman lies dead on a bathroom floor with a bloody leg wound.
  • A woman lies dead in a bed while an infant cries next to her.
  • A man clutches his chest, and has a heart attack.
  • A man is pushed down a flight of stairs (we don't see what happens to him). A man crashes through a window.
  • A car explodes (no one is in the car).
  • We see bombs exploding on TV news footage.


  • Strong language throughout. 150 uses of "fuck", The racial slur "nigger" is used throughout. "Shit" is also used very frequently. Some uses of "god damn" as well. 2 uses of the religious slur "kike"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many people are shown to have died from heroin overdose.
  • Stash houses are seen full of equipment used to cook heroin.
  • A woman injects a man with heroin, and a drop of blood oozes from the puncture, heroin is injected into the stomach of a pregnant woman (we do not see what happens to her), a man injects heroin through a bloody scab, and a women injects heroin into her foot.
  • Cocaine is snorted a few times.
  • The story follows the rise of one of the biggest drug dealers in history, who primarily trafficks heroin.
  • Heroin is used throughout. It is mostly used with needles. All of it is shown in strong detail.
  • Alcohol is used in several scenes, as well as smoking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are various intense scenes.
  • This is a gritty movie.

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