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Sex & Nudity

  • In two scenes, a girl is shown giving oral sex to a man.
  • A man looks at a porn magazine. Graphic pictures of nude women are shown.
  • A graphic picture of a vulva infected with gonorrhea is shown onscreen for a few seconds up close.
  • An elderly woman is shown sitting down nude in a bathroom. Breasts are shown.
  • A flashback scene shows a naked woman. Vulva and breasts clearly visible.
  • A main character is a prostitute. Sexual references made throughout.
  • A man is accused of having inappropriate relations with a teenage girl.
  • Sexual and homophobic references made throughout.

Violence & Gore

  • A teenaged boy picks up a stray cat with the intention of hurting it. It is implied that the cat is put into a backpack and the boy is beating the cat with a hammer (no impact shown). The boy is interrupted, but we see blood all over his hands. Very disturbing and upsetting.
  • It is implied that a girl has been raped before.
  • A man slaps a girl in the face after she performs oral sex on him.


  • 49 - f words (some used with mother), 3 - bit*h, 1 - a**hole Several racial and homophobic slurs.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Henry Barthes smokes a few times
  • A character takes what he calls "happy pills."
  • Smoking and casual drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This is not a film to be taken lightly. It is a highly depressing and realistic look at the lives of inner city students and teachers. Suicide, death, abuse, prostitution, and depression are all highly prevalent themes in the movie.
  • A cat is implied to be brutally abused until death. Very hard to watch.
  • Teachers lash out on students verbally.


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Violence & Gore

  • A teenaged girl commits suicide by eating a cupcake with harmful substances in it. Very intense and somewhat depressing to watch. this scene is partly portrayed in slow motion to add to the depressing tone of the scene.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A character commits suicide by putting a harmful substance into a cupcake and eating it.
  • A character is shown having overdosed in a flashback.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man's grandfather suffers with what seems to be Alzheimers and we see the pain his grandson goes through due to it. Later on in the film, the man dies.
  • In a flashback, a woman is shown to have overdosed and died .
  • A teenage girl commits suicide.
  • A teenaged girl is a prostitute and she is shown doing her "work" graphically. In one scene, she is shown performing oral sex on an old man and gets slapped in the face afterwords. A man takes her into his home and she implies that somebody has raped her. Later on, social workers take her away and she screams and cries. Very emotional.

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