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MPAA Rated R for a scene of bloody violence, some strong sexual content/nudity, and language

Sex & Nudity

  • Nick joins Amy while she's showering. As he enters, his penis and butt can be seen clearly, though briefly.
  • Nick is seen performing cunnilingus (oral sex) on Amy. Although, this act is seen, there's no nudity at all in this scene, and everyone is fully clothed. It takes place in a small dimly lit room, and is a side-panning shot that lasts about 16-20 seconds.
  • Nick and Amy have fully clothed sex on a table in the middle of a library. This scene is about 15 seconds long, and is a panning shot.
  • Nick and Amy have fully clothed 'Doggy Style' sex against a wall in their upstairs hallway. This scene is brief but strong, and is about 10 seconds long.

Violence & Gore

  • Some domestic violence.
  • Even though it's an 18, it's not very violent! Don't be fooled by the 18 rating! This is extremely tame compared to other Fincher movies and if the throat slit scene wasn't in this (which is the worst moment in the movie) then this would probably get a 15 rating.


  • 50 uses "fuck". Several uses of "bitch", "ass", "asshole", "damn", "hell", "bastard" and "dick". 4 uses of "cunt"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters are seen drinking alcohol, including wine and champagne, at a dinner party
  • Nick owns a bar called The Bar, and he and his sister are seen drinking frequently.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is some infrequent moderate threat in some scenes, including when a woman is trapped insider her house by two thieves.
  • The mindset of some of the characters in the film could be seen as disturbed and aberrant.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • Nick is having an affair with a student of his, and they're both seen make out. She takes off her jacket, and removes her bra revealing both of her bare breasts. Bare breasts also seen for a during this sequence, and they're also seen when she wakes up the next morning, and puts her bra and jacket back on.
  • Amy inserts the top of a wine bottle up her vagina to make it appear as though she's been raped. We do not see the action, we just see her put the bottle before the camera and her arms make the inserting motion. This scene is brief. She then puts wine on her panties to make it more convincing.
  • Amy and Desi have sex on a bed. Amy is seen unbuckling Desi's pants and her head goes below camera, and we see Desi's face looking pleasured (oral sex is implied). They then proceed to have strong sex with lots of thrusting and moaning. We see Desi's bare butt, and - at the very end of this scene - his penis for a brief moment.

Violence & Gore

  • There are scenes where Amy describes abuse by her husband, they all turn out to be fake and made up. In one scene she describes Nick shoving her into a wall. We see this in a 'flashback'.
  • Amy uses an IV tube to draw blood, and she pours it on the floor and smears it around to make it look like a crime scene.
  • A character hits herself in the eye with a hammer to make it look like she's been abused. Amy has sex with Desi, and during the moment he's about to climax, she slits his throat open with a box cutter, blood pours and sprays everywhere. She becomes fully covered in blood, and still proceeds to choke him whilst he squirms around and bleeds. This is the only gory moment in the whole movie. (if this scene was left out, then this would probably get a 15 rating)
  • There is a scene where Amy aggressively inserts the neck of champagne bottle into herself to make it appear that she had been violently raped by Desi. Nothing is shown below the waste.

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