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MPAA Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language

Sex & Nudity

  • Sex & Nudity: 6/10
  • A man and woman are briefly shown rolling around in bed in a dark and hazy flashback. We briefly see the buttocks and darkened breasts of the actress in bed, though the scenes are dark, obscuring most nudity.
  • A woman loads her son's DVD onto her laptop, causing many clear but very brief pictures of several topless women and suggestive text.
  • A woman is apparently performing oral sex upon her husband under the covers of a bed, but is interrupted when their child walks in. The man is lying back but the bedcovers obscure the act; only the movement of the woman's head is visible.
  • A teen boy is shown quietly masturbating (visible from the chest up; no nudity) for four seconds when his mother opens the door. He continues to make her feel uncomfortable.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence & Gore: 7/10
  • In an impulsive act of frustration, a mother throws her toddler son against a wall; his arm is seen dislocated, clearly broken. He is later shown in a cast.


  • Profanity: 4/10
  • About 5 uses of "fuck" (once used sexually by a 7-year-old child), one use of "cunt". The same 7-year-old also says, "I don't give a rat's ass."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 2/10
  • Adults are sometimes shown casually drinking wine.
  • A woman's living room is very briefly shown shown with prescription bottles everywhere, some with pills spilt out; it is implied that her exposure to a traumatic event had lead to prescription drug abuse.
  • A character sarcastically mentions drugs.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: 9/10
  • The film, like its subject matter, is foreboding and creepy.
  • The film is centred around an antisocial and psychopathic child who frequently says and does disturbing and frightening things, his malevolent behavior constantly becoming more and more devious. He throws things, yells at his parents, verbally abuses and bullies his little sister, and never shows any sense of remorse (except for when it works to his advantage). His behavior could have been caused by bad parenting and his mother's open distain for having a child (the film centers around the nature-nurture debate), but this is left to the viewer's interpretation.
  • Total explicit content estimation: 27/50


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

Violence & Gore

  • A man and a little girl are found dead with arrows in their backs. There is a bit of blood and the scene, and although not especially violent, it is very disturbing.
  • The entire film is based around a school massacre committed by one of the main characters, and how the mother deals with the aftermath and retrospectively looks at the attacker's life. The actual massacre is not shown but the events directly leading up to it are (a boy is shown lining up arrows and locking school doors with bicycle locks). The massacre is committed with a bow and arrow and in one scene we see the arrows being fired and the sound of victims screaming off screen. The aftermath of the massacre is in a scene. Several students are murdered; there are a few bloodied and towel-covered corpses with arrows sticking out of their bodies shown leaving on stretchers.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film's climax is based around a school massacre perpetrated by one of the main characters, a teenage boy. The parts of the film surrounding this are very intense. Very little of the massacre is shown no actual violence or death but towel-covered corpses are shown with splotches of blood on them and the crowd's reactions (crying, screaming) are shown and heard. The screams of the victims are repeatedly heard throughout the film through flashbacks.
  • A man and a little girl are found murdered by an attack from a bow and arrow. Their bodies are shown with arrows sticking out of them, with blood shown. The scene in which they are discovered is highly intense and disturbing, despite there being no on-screen violence.

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