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MPAA Rated R for strong violence, torture, sexual content, language and some graphic nudity

Sex & Nudity

  • One of the stronger sexual scenes in the film includes one of a naked couple who have sex (Not too graphic).
  • There are some verbal sexual references.
  • Implied rape in one scene. There is a second scene where the main character has to violently fight off a male attacker who tries to rape her in a locker room shower. Both scenes are brief but intense.
  • Full male nudity (exposed genitalia). Partial female nudity (no genitals).
  • In one scene a man and a woman are required to get naked. The man strips and is shown fully naked, including genitalia. The woman strips and everything is obscured apart from one breast.
  • There is a scene in which a young woman takes off her clothes but everything is obscured.
  • A woman is asked to strip to give a man "what he wants" (sex) in front of a class of people. She takes off her top and bra, revealing one of her breasts (the other is covered by the man), before she strips fully naked (her buttocks are visible as she sits on a table). She then sits back on the edge of a table, legs slightly spread (we can't see her genitals) staring at him as if waiting for him to have sex with her.
  • In one brief scene, characters are witnessed watching pornographic films together and partial female nudity is briefly seen on their monitors
  • A woman straddles a man sitting on a couch, reaches into his pants and quickly bounces up and down on top of him a number of times while erotically moaning as she orgasms. Brief sex scene with no nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • The film contains some scenes of violence, some of which is a bit graphic.
  • A man is strangled from behind with a wire. As he is strangled, the wire cuts into his skin, and blood is visible.
  • A fight scene occurs in a shower, and a character is seriously beaten with an object to the point of bleeding.
  • A woman's mutilated body is shown in a bathtub filled with bloody water. Pieces of her skin have been cut off, and she is covered in cuts. Not shown for a long time but still rather graphic.
  • A man is tied to a chair and tortured with a machine used for peeling off skin for grafts. The cutting isn't shown up close, but his pain is obvious as he screams. Pieces of peeled-off skin are graphically shown once removed.
  • Really nasty stomach turning torture. Don't let kids near this!
  • A very brief scene shows Lawrence's broken leg being operated on with uncomfortable drilling sounds.


  • "Christ" and "Jesus" are abused. 20 uses of "fuck". Semi-frequent use of "cunt", "shit", "whore", among other profanities.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Drinking is depicted but never glamourized.
  • Lots of smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Implied rape and two torture scenes.
  • Fair amount of blood in some scenes.
  • Several scenes of really violent torture against men and women


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

Violence & Gore

  • Jennifer's character is tortured. She's tied up and water is poured on her head while she shivers.

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