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MPAA Rated R for violence, sexuality/nudity, language and some drug use

Sex & Nudity

  • Several scenes that exploit and objectify women.
  • Gratuitous female nudity throughout.
  • At least a dozen scenes take place in a strip clip with various shirtless Women with material covering the very front of their pubic area and nothing in the back - bending over, gyrating, bouncing, grinding and jiggling.
  • Soft porn in strip clubs.
  • Graphic sex scene with a boy behind a woman thrusting into her while she screams and her breasts hang out - gratuitous.
  • Women are seen topless continuously throughout in the film.
  • There are a number of shirtless women in posters around the house- their heads are missing further objectifying them.
  • A couple scenes set in a strip club. In one scene, the main character receives a private dance from a woman in a thong.
  • There is a scene where one dancer is on stage dancing erotically wearing only a g-string - the scene is long, graphic, gratuitous, and lingering shots of her crotch while he legs are spread wide, her butt hole (coved by a very thin piece of material) when she bends way over and spreads her cheeks, and her breasts bouncing as she performs a porn type dance.
  • A man has sex with a woman from behind in a bathroom and is shown thrusting behind her after taking cocaine - you can see her breasts.
  • A man is seen looking at porn, and it seen from a distance referencing oral sex but no nudity or detail is seen.
  • Extreme sexual references and content

Violence & Gore

  • Two men fake-fight in a wrestling match, when one is on the floor, he takes a small razor and cuts is forehead to make it look like the other man injured him.
  • In one match, a man staples his nipples with a staple gun, then staples a note to his forehead.He then staples his opponent three times. He then is hit with a plastic leg and with a dustbin. One man is then smashed through glass and thrown through a table wrapped in barbed wire. A man is thrown into barbed wire and briefly gets stuck in it. A decent amount of blood is seen splattered in the ring. Also, a fork is stabbed into a mans chest.
  • A woman throws objects at her father, one hits him in the head.
  • A man purposely rams his thumb into a ham slicer and blood squirts everywhere and he wipes it on his face in front of shocked customers
  • A third wrestling match, no blood in this one.


  • Frequent use of strong language. 31 uses of "fuck"
  • Some use of milder language (eg 'shit').

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man injects steroids into his butt.
  • characters buy and use performance drugs such as steroids and painkillers.
  • A man snorts cocaine.
  • Causal smoking and drinking is shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some intense scenes and some dark/sad scenes.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Main character pukes and has an heart attack

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