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

Sex & Nudity

  • A pool scene features a number of bikini-clad women. We see both Vernon and Eddie bare-chested in different scenes. Eddie gets out of bed wearing only underwear.
  • Conversations include comments about sperm and condoms.
  • A lot more sexual content in the unrated cut sex scenes from the PG-13 version last a little longer in the unrated cut also.
  • In the unrated cut a woman rides the protagonist her bare breasts are shown but oddly pixelated and blurred.
  • In the unrated cut a woman is shown on top a man having sex out of focus. In the theatrical release the same scene is shown but the sex is obscured by a laptop screen.
  • A woman's panties are shown around her ankle accompanied with the sounds of moaning implying sex this is extremely brief.
  • There's a brief scene of sensuality implying sex between the protagonist and his girlfriend no nudity.

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.
  • Unrated cut lingers more on bloody detail.
  • 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 couple more uses of "fuck" in the unrated cut
  • 1 use of 'fuck, 8 uses of 'shit', 3 uses of 'hell'', 3 uses of 'ass', 1 use of 'bitch'.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 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 some casual drinking and smoking scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • 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.

Violence & Gore

  • A loan shark threatens by describing a gruesome death if he's not paid back.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • It's not shown but is clear that a woman was murdered and the main character may be the cause.

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