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MPAA Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is beaten and raped. No nudity, but is still a disturbing scene.
  • Woman enters dark apartment and someone grabs her, covering her mouth. There are sounds of a struggle and she is then shown the next morning with her lover lying bare chested in bed. Implied rough sex.
  • Man menaces woman, pinning her against the wall by her throat. He then rips open her blouse, exposing cleavage and her bra. He then searches her in a rough manner and removes a recording device from her thigh.
  • A man is shown having sex with a woman. No nudity shown but some moaning.
  • Another sex scene is shown between a man and a woman with no nudity. Thrusting is seen.
  • Some mild sexual jokes/dialogue is present (nothing pervasive).
  • A street pimp is murdered and there are some references to prostitution surrounding this.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is mentioned to be a child killer.
  • A man talks about the people he has killed.
  • A man shots his gun at a police officer and two cops fire back and kill him. A female by standard is also shot but is not killed. Some blood is visible.
  • During a baseball game a scuffle breaks out; one man is shoved and another man is thrown on his back.
  • People are threatened with guns on several different occasions.
  • One cop hits another cup on the head with the butt of a gun. Some blood is visible.
  • After a woman is raped blood is visible on her head hands and legs.
  • A man aim his gun at a cop and the cop shoots him twice, fatally.
  • Many people are shot throughout the film, usually accompanied by a bloody hole and blood splatter


  • 2 misuses of "Christ," and 2 abuses of "Jesus."
  • 105 uses of "fuck".
  • 38 uses of "shit".
  • Uses of Asshole, Prick, Bitch, Dick
  • 1 obscene hand gesture.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A cop smokes a cigarette while on a stakeout.
  • One of the suspects is a well-known drug dealer.
  • a woman snorts cocaine in a bathroom

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The movie has a very dark tone throughout and the main theme is revenge killing.
  • The mini killing scenes can be frightening.
  • A woman is raped offscreen (or at least assaulted).


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A priest, Father OConnell is murdered, the killer puts a card in his rectum. Part of his bare buttocks is visible.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man is forced to kill his friend.

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