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MPAA Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • A man reaches inside a woman's shirt.
  • A nude woman is briefly seen running, nudity can be made out, but there is no detail.
  • A probably naked woman is sitting on a bed.
  • A mans testicles are seen.
  • A woman undresses and walks into a room, completely naked in dark lighting. Breasts are seen twice for several seconds, pubic hair visible for a half-second. She walks up to a man in bed who embraces her. They thrust and it cuts to them lying together shortly. But male does not expose his nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • A man's throat is slit offscreen, however blood leaks out of the wound for half a minute.
  • A man hits another man's face with his gun and fists several times. The lower half of his face is seen bloodied for about half a minute.
  • A few brief images of men who have been murdered are seen, head shot wounds and small pools of blood are briefly seen.
  • Several men are shot with some bloody results.
  • Two men are briefly beaten by another man, they are punched and kicked, slight bloody noses are seen afterward.
  • A man is shot in the stomach, a bloody bullet wound is briefly seen. A mans face is stepped on leaving his nose a little bloody.
  • A man is punched a few times and pierced in the throat by a knuckle-duster, he is then punched in the forehead, some brief blood.
  • A brief scene where two men are tortured, we see quick flashes of what is happening. A man is castrated, a lot of blood is shown with some screaming. Later, the man's severed testicles are seen preserved in a jar of (presumably) moonshine.
  • A man hits another man across the face with a shovel. Minimal injuries.
  • A man is punched on the face by a man wearing a knuckle-duster offscreen, a bit of blood is on his fist afterwards.
  • A car is shot by a man with a tommy gun, the victim tumbles out the car after, no blood visible.
  • A man is ordered to pour hot oil/tar onto another man's back, who is tied up. We later see the man covered in tar and feathers.
  • A man is shot twice and then stabbed in the back, the scene is very dark so nothing can be seen in detail.


  • 24 uses of "fuck" and "shit", 18 uses of "Goddamn", 7 uses of "son of a bitch" (mainly from an antagonist), 2 uses of "cocksucker" and "Jesus Christ", and 1 use of "bitch" from an antagonist/victim.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Smoking throughout. Several scenes involving the drinking or handling of alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Most of the violence is rather subdued, with the main exception being a brief, offscreen torture scene.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • It's implied that Maggie gets raped by two men.

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