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MPAA Rated R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating

Sex & Nudity

  • Drunken sex, not completed, by Dean and Cindy. She wants it rough. We see her breasts and bush, thrusting.
  • Cindy and Dean shower, he eats her out. We see her breasts and butt.
  • Bobby bangs Cindy from behind, we see her butt. He comes inside her, she doesn't like this and washes herself in the sink.
  • Cindy says that she started sex early and has had many partners.
  • Long scene with Dean eating Cindy in a bed.

Violence & Gore


  • 32 uses of "fuck", 13 uses of "sh*t", 8 uses of "asshole", 2 uses of "son of a bitch", Also 6 instances of "God", 5 uses of "Goddamn", 2 uses of "hell", and 1 use of "Jesus".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Cindy smokes a cigarette with Dean. Dean smokes in several scenes.
  • Dean smokes cigarettes and seems like an alcoholic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Long, sad breakup scene of Dean and Cindy, resolution unknown.
  • Considered one of the saddest movies of all time.
  • The beating and aftermath scenes are fairly unpleasant, even though the violence itself is not long-lasting.
  • The scene in which the couple have sex in a motel is rather uncomfortable. The woman is reluctant, mildly brushing the man off at times and leaving him angry/upset. He raises his voice and she sarcastically taunts him to hit her, and leaves the room in tears.
  • There is a scene where the missing family dog is located on the side of the road apparently hit by a car. It is later seen being buried,
  • A man jokingly threatens to jump off a road-bridge before his girlfriend tells him that she is pregnant, leading to an awkward exchange, after which she walks off and he punches the metal mesh sides of the bridge.


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Sex & Nudity

  • A man is giving oral sex to a woman, you can see his motions and her facial expressions, quite graphic.

Violence & Gore

  • Bobby beats up Dean after losing Cindy to him.
  • Long confrontation at the clinic, yelling, pushing. Cindy hits Dean, Dean hits Feinberg.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Abortion scene with Cindy, lengthy, detailed.

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