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MPAA Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and drug use

Sex & Nudity

  • The word "penis" is used appropriately several times in one scene while a caregiver attempts to change a catheter. Nothing is shown other than the camera focusing on the fully clothed area. The entire scene is meant to be comedic. This is mentioned multiple times throughout the movie.
  • Flashback of having sex with wife. She is seen rocking on top of him and the top part of her breast are seen. Soft moaning present.
  • Two trafficked victims are brought to a room with the two main characters. Nothing explicit is shown.
  • Two men discuss an erection whilst changing a catheter. During this conversation the man discusses his erogenous zones which cause him to be aroused. A woman walks in and he is quickly covered up but it is apparent as the sheet shows his erection being covered up. No nudity shown. Scene lasts around a minute.

Violence & Gore

  • No physical harm. A man has a seizure and starts to foam at the mouth. Angry words between people in a conversation. A man has an accident involving a restaurant waiter which results in him spilling hot coffee onto his lap. A man describes his life story in how he became disabled through a paragliding accident. Nothing else shown and extremely mild at worse.


  • A man inserts a catheter into another man. "Penis" is used several times during the scene as the insertion process is described in detail. Involuntary erection is alluded to though nothing is shown. Played for awkward comedic effect.
  • Profanity of different degrees is heard throughout the whole movie
  • 7 uses of damn, 5 uses of hell, 6 uses of shit, 7 uses of ass, 1 use of bitch, 2 uses of GD.
  • Used Jesus' Name in vain

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Two men get high on marijuana before entering a restaurant.
  • Two scenes of smoking an illegal substance where both persons are wide eyed and high. Drug references in relation to an app being created on a phone. A few scenes where wine / champaign is drunk in a restaurant.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man starts gurgling and choking before being given oxygen. A man starts frothing at the mouth feigning a seizure.

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