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MPAA Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language

Sex & Nudity

  • At the beginning of the movie, some men mold a naked woman's body out of sand and one of them pretend to have sex with it.
  • Sex and Freddie's fixation on it plays a central role in the film.
  • A man and woman make out in a small room. The woman unbuttons her shirt and opens her bra to reveal her breasts.
  • A supine man and woman on top have sex nude, shown from the side. There is little thrusting but her breasts are seen. He tells her to reinsert his penis as it has fallen out.
  • At one point in the movie the Master's wife gives him a standing handjob seen from the rear with some motion noticeable. He is seen to orgasm. Some related dialogue.
  • There are multiple images of a sand sculpture of a nude woman a man fondles it and pretends to have sex with it at the amusement of several other men.
  • Freddie masturbates into the ocean in one scene, but it is seen from afar and behind him so nothing explicit is shown except for the top of his buttocks.
  • A character reveals he had an incestuous relationship with his aunt, and is shown to have had the beginnings of a relationship with a 16-year-old girl that never got sexual.
  • There are other sexual references scattered throughout the film.

Violence & Gore

  • Several men wrestle on a beach while a group of others cheer them on.
  • Freddie becomes violent, attacking cops when they arrest Dodd and later destroying the majority of his jail cell. No gore.
  • Freddie attacks a man who criticized Dodd's book.
  • Freddie says he killed a few Japanese soldiers during the war.
  • In the jail scene, Freddie hits several things violently like a toilet or a bed. No graphic violence or blood, but the scene is more disturbing than anything.
  • Freddie attacks another person, but this is only heard from behind a door.
  • While working in a department store and likely drunk, Quell grabs a mans' tie and they begin tussling. Freddie throws a few items. The fight ends very quickly with no gore.


  • 40 uses of "f*ck"; most of them take place in one short scene.
  • 4 uses of "sh*t".
  • A few uses of "c*ck".
  • Three uses of "p*ssy" and one use of "c*nt".
  • "Wh*re" is said once.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The film opens on the protagonist drinking alcohol and smoking a cigarette while other people enjoy an activity in a separate group.
  • Alcohol is served during a wedding reception, and the father of the bride appears drunk.
  • Several military sailors and personnel smoke cigarettes.
  • Freddie hides while drinking a few times.
  • A wife makes her husband promise to stop drinking.
  • Pervasive depiction of alcoholism.
  • The protagonist makes all kinds of alcoholic drinks mixed with deadly toxins and drugs, such as paint thinner and some sort of crushed pill, drinks them throughout the movie, and shares with many.
  • Although the film does not directly make judgments on Freddie's actions, the ravages of alcoholism are clearly shown.
  • Period accurate smoking throughout the film. Very frequent.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Freddie's violent outbursts can be frightening.
  • Some emotionally intense scenes.
  • Freddie's drunken and sexual actions can be disturbing, particularly to those who have experienced alcoholism or have loved ones who have dealt with it.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • The Master's wife reads a passage from an erotic novel as part of Freddie's therapy.

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