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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and woman are seen lying in bed. Nothing happens between them.
  • A man and a woman kiss.
  • A scene of a woman riding a man is shown however it's mostly obscured by a laptop screen. In the unrated cut this is few seconds longer as the camera pans across the room we see a brief glimpse of the woman riding the man before paning to the lap top screen. No nudity is seen as this is mostly blurred out but movement can be seen. Moaning can be heard in both versions.
  • In the PG-13 version a womans panties are seen around her moving ankle on a bathroom sink with moaning heard, this lasts about 3 seconds heavily implying sex. In the unrated version this cuts to Eddie having sex with the woman against the bathroom wall, this lasts about 1/2 seconds longer with no nudity and hardly any movement shown. Both versions aren't graphic and contain no nudity.
  • In the unrated cut Eddie and Lindy are shown having sex for about 2 seconds, no actual nudity shown they're both under covers this could have been shown in the theatrical cut and still would have been a PG-13. Easily the tamest sex scene in the rated R cut of the film.
  • In the Unrated version a topless woman is shown riding a man. It is filmed from the man's point of view and although the camera is blurred, you can see nipples and bouncing breasts however it's largely pixelated out and fairly brief. In the PG-13 version Eddie walks to a room with the woman she then takes off her dress(no nudity) and makes out with him briefly however the rest of what's mentioned in the unrated cut is not shown only implied in the edited version.

Violence & Gore

  • A man opens a box and finds severed hands inside. We get a glance at them that lasts a few mili-seconds. Not graphic.
  • A man is found dead on his couch. He is covered in cuts and bruises. Not graphic. In the unrated version the body is seen with a gaping bullet hole through the head with some blood and brain matter dripping down the side of his head onto his shoulder.
  • A man punches Edward in the stomach in his apartment.
  • There is a fist fight between a main character and a group of men. He beats all of them up.
  • A woman grabs a child who is ice skating, she swings the girl which cuts the man's face with the ice skates. A cut is on his face and is seen later in the film.
  • A man hits another man with a tv, he then pushes a man into a piano, he then throws a man out the window on a single story house. The camera moves so fast that it is hard to see what is happening.
  • A man gets stabbed in a park. Neither the stabbing nor the aftermath is seen. The main character finds out he got stabbed after he see's some of his blood seeping from his suit.
  • A man pushes another man up against a roller door asking for money.
  • A man shoves another man and punches him in the stomach, and the other man falls to the floor.
  • A man drinks the blood of another man who had injected his bloodstream with drugs. We do not see this.


  • 1 obscene hand gesture
  • A couple more uses of "fuck" in the unrated cut
  • 1 use of 'fuck', 2 uses of 'prick', 8 uses of 'shit', 3 uses of 'hell'', 3 uses of 'ass', 1 use of 'bitch', 1 use of 'God', 1 use of 'Jesus', 2 uses of "oh my God", 2 uses of 'crap', and 1 use of 'piss'. In the unrated version, 'fuck' is used 7 times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Empty beer bottles are seen for a short second in one scene.
  • The whole movie is about how the main character has become a genius by abusing a drug, we see him abusing it throughout the movie.
  • There are many moments where the main character experienced withdrawals from the substance he was taking.
  • There are some casual drinking and smoking scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • UNRATED CUT: Rated R for some grisly images, language and sexuality/brief nudity
  • Throughout the movie there are many psychedelic camera scenes that can make some people dizzy or sick.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • Sex happens in the first part of the film while the main character first tried NZT he meets an Asian lady in the hallway and they bang for around 30 seconds.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Several brief fist fights throughout

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