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MPAA Rated R for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue

Sex & Nudity

  • A lot of implied nudity of nurses/careworkers seeing the male patient undressed. The usual medical double standard.
  • A female strips naked multiple times and you see full frontal nudity.
  • Another female is seen getting out of a bathtub with her boyfriend, breasts, vagina and butt seen.
  • Many scenes of sexual activity, including oral and vaginal.
  • Many conversations of sexual intercourse, often times graphic.
  • The whole film is based on sexual activities.
  • Cheryl (Helen Hunt) enters a room and takes off her clothes. She is fully nude, showing breasts, buttocks and pubic hair as she joins Mark (John Hawkes) in bed. A similar scene involving both characters occurs later in the film.
  • A montage of Cheryl and Mark having sex occurs. Cheryl is fully nude, showing her bare buttocks and breasts. Her bare buttocks can also be seen when she enters the bathroom.
  • Cheryl drops a bathrobe, showing full rear nudity. She turns around to show her breasts and vagina. She enters a pool and her breasts can be seen. Her breasts are clearly seen from underwater when she is submerged.

Violence & Gore


  • Many uses of the Fuck, Shit, etc. Sexual terms (boner, cum, etc.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A couple of scenes where adults consume alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • In one scene where a couple is having sex, the woman has her breasts on top of a man's face, and he is momentarily unable to breathe.
  • In another scene, the electrical power goes out, causing a man's iron lung to stop working, so he has to be transported to the hospital.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending is depressing as it involves a character's death.
  • The whole movie is about a virginal disabled man hiring someone to have sex. The film is emotionally intense because the man falls in love with the person he hired.

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