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MPAA Rated R for drug use, language, some sexuality and brief violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Lots of naked nipples through out.
  • A hazily edited and intimate sex scene from the waist up with some thrusting. The scene begins with hints of cunnilingis (the act is not fully shown and only implied).
  • A man and a woman kiss patiently in a van in a wide shot.
  • A man kisses a woman as she later lies down on a couch in a lacy bra (cleavage is visible).
  • A woman uses an innuendo to proposition a man.
  • Some brief sexual references.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is punched several times in the face and then brutally pistol whipped about six times by another man, knocking his teeth out. (Blood spurts out of his mouth and face with each increasing blow.)
  • A man tries to play the trumpet with no teeth causing blood to flow out of his mouth, down a trumpet, and all over himself and a bathtub. Fairly upsetting scene.
  • A man is found strung out on a carpet with a needle in his arm and blood covering his ear, mouth, neck, and part of his shirt; a woman finds him, wakes him up, and cleans him off with a washcloth and bowl of water. The bowl soon becomes bloody.
  • A uses heroin several times and struggles with his addiction. We see it once --although the sequence is an odd mixture of a flashback and biographical film-within-the film-- and other times it is implied or we see the aftermaths.
  • A man elbows a glass trophy case causing the glass to break.


  • Several uses of "fuck" throughout, sometimes in a sexual connotation.
  • Many other uses of "shit."
  • Other uses of tits, son of a bitch, damn, and hell.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Smoking: Cigarettes and the odd joint
  • Alcohol: Social drinking and then some.
  • Strong depiction of heroin addiction and abuse.
  • A man is seen injecting heroin once, other times are implied and we see the aftermaths and side effects they have on him.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman reveals that she's pregnant.

Violence & Gore

  • At the end of the film we briefly see a bloody needle on a tabletop.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Once temporarily "clean", Chet relies on methadone to keep himself focused.
  • Viewers may find the ending/true fact that Chet went back to a life of heroin addiction fairly upsetting.

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