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MPAA Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • No sex or nudity at all throughout the film, only mild references.
  • A man says "Suck it" as an insult.
  • Body of dead women in a lace bra from back and sides. Lasts maybe a 30 sec. No nudity visible
  • It is implied that a secretary and her boss have been dating.
  • A man says he "likes older women".
  • A man tries to convince and older woman to have a sexual relationship with him although no nudity or physicality is ever shown. It is merely referenced.

Violence & Gore

  • There is a scene where a woman's leg is seen cut. She is bleeding but she bandages herself up.
  • A man punches a security guard and robs him.
  • A man is knocked unconscious then re-positioned somewhere else so that it looks like he was knocked cold from a fight. Not graphic, no blood shown.
  • A man is seen being shot in the chest briefly.
  • We see a man with a bleeding foot.
  • The aftermath of a car crash is shown, with one of the victims' with a bleeding neck. (He is alive.)
  • We see footage of a group shooting three policeman in a fast food restaurant. (The security camera footage is very blurry and grainy, so it's heard to make out.)


  • Infrequent swearing including a few used of "fuck", shit", "bitch" and "dick"
  • There are probably 20 uses of the F word all of which are used in intense situations. The whole movie while not gory is intense so it's easy to miss
  • While arguing a man tells Lou (Gylynhall) that if her were to join his broadcasting team he would be "sucking his d**k" Lou acts as if the man is stupid after he says this.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man is shown smoking a cigarette for a few seconds.
  • There is some casual drinking in a restaurant setting.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The whole film deals with a television news network who is shown exploiting people's emotions and fears by showing graphic crimes.
  • This movie has quick glimpse of bloody deaths all seem from news broadcasts and while filming it. But these are all very quick and hard to really notice
  • Louis gets stressed and starts screaming in the bathroom.
  • There is an intense car chase towards the end of the film.
  • The crime scenes shown can be frightening to some.
  • It's implied that a man is looking at a dead body, we never see the corpse.
  • This film's tone has a disturbing feeling even though there really isn't anything disturbing and may cause unease in the viewer. The lead character seems quite antisocial and sociopathic, with strong shifts in his demeanor.


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

Violence & Gore

  • There is an extended police chase where two police cars are badly damaged and the chased car also crashes. The chase ends in a shoot out where a man is killed.
  • Security footage of a man being shot is seen. The footage is blurry and grainy, so it's heard to see what is actually happening.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • References to a drug robbery.

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