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MPAA Rated R for language throughout

Sex & Nudity

  • Moderate sex references, including an implied reference to a threesome and a man being left in a bedroom with a woman.
  • The couple are only seen to kiss on screen but they are later given a round of applause and the man jokes 'you're right, it was more fun with another person'.

Violence & Gore

  • Frankie and his band mates are arrested for not paying for a hotel room.
  • There are infrequent scenes of violence which are mostly mild in tone as a chair is broken in anger and men push and shove at each other during arguments.
  • In one scene, a man appears to be shot in the head, with the impact hidden from view and a small amount of blood visible on his temple. However, this is immediately shown to have been faked in order to extort money.


  • 28 uses of "fuck" and its derivatives.
  • Moderate and mild language includes use of 'shit', 'bullshit', 'son of a bitch', 'prick', 'asshole', damn, screw', dumbass, hell, numbnuts, Christsakes, goddamn, Jesus, ass, pissing, crapping out, and balls.
  • There is occasional use of discriminatory language, none of which are endorsed. There are references to 'monkey songs' and 'coloured bands' as well as comments that a man is a 'fruit', depicting the prejudices of the era.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Sporadic period smoking and drinking.
  • In an interview at an awards ceremony nick mentions enjoying a cigar.
  • A nun is shown drinking wine in a church
  • A man is seen smoking what appears to be marijuana and we learn that a character has died from an overdose of pills. There is a clear aversive, anti-drug message.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • During a tense argument with Gyp and his band mates Nick raises his voice very loudly and the rest of the group appears to be very frightened by his anger.
  • Although it is based on the Broadway musical, the film has a mature and somewhat dark tone.


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

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Frankie's daughter dies of a drug overdose.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some may find the death of Frankie's daughter upsetting.

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