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MPAA Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • In the beginning of the movie there is a brief scene at a strip club where a few women appear in various states of undress. The woman wears pasties on her nipples, one woman's breasts are shown in full frontal fashion and another is shown in a thong from behind.
  • A woman speaks to the viewer while in a bathtub and it is implied she is nude. However her body is almost entirely covered by bubbles and there is no nudity.
  • A few brief cuts to music videos including some women dancing provocatively and some women in bikinis.
  • A couple scenes in strip clubs. There is plenty of sexual dancing. A dancer's breasts and nipples are briefly shown up close.
  • A man describes to another man a lump he has in his testicles. A diagram of it appears on the screen during the conversation. Lasts for a few seconds

Violence & Gore


  • 74 uses of fuck, 9 uses of "hell," 50 uses of "shit", 7 uses of "ass," 1 use of "tits," 2 uses of "douchbag," and 2 uses of "prick."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The film opens showing several people smoking.
  • A woman drinks champagne while taking a bath.
  • Many people are shown drinking in an upscale bar.
  • Many people drink in a restaurant.
  • Some drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Christian Bale's character tells some upsetting stories and is shown while in some very aggravated states.
  • A few scenes depicting/discussing the suicide of one character's brother. These scenes are emotional.
  • Overall, this movie contains lots of swearing and some sexual content/nudity. Even if you don't consider those two things to be inappropriate, the movie is still rather confusing and the viewer should be prepared to be presented with some financial minutia in order to enjoy the film.


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

Violence & Gore

  • It is mentioned that a man's brother committed suicide by jumping off a building. He vents to his wife about it and says that his face was so smashed in.

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