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MPAA Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content

Sex & Nudity

  • A husband and wife are seen kissing in bed.
  • A woman is laying on a couch without pants on. No nudity can be seen.
  • A teenage boy says he is going to have sex with a girl and that they might make noises, his uncle says "Am I supposed to tell you to use a condom or something?"
  • We see a teenage girl in a bedroom in bra and panties. A couple of times we see cleavage.
  • Two teenagers lie in bed under the covers (No Nudity).
  • Two teenagers are in their underwear about to have sex. The girl asks the boy if the condom is on. They then make out but get interrupted.
  • A teenager kisses and caresses with his girlfriend . He is shown putting his hand down her tight jeans. She is shown in panties and a tank top with bra. However, he is fully clothed. He begins to make further moves and both begin to take their clothes off but stop as his mother calls them for dinner. There is no obvious sex or nudity in this entire scene.

Violence & Gore

  • A man gets into a fight with two men at a bar.
  • A man dies from a heart attack.
  • A man punches a window and he gets injured in the hand. Blood is shown.
  • A man hits another man in a bar and the man that started the fight ends up wounded. He continues having wounds in some scenes.


  • 85 uses of "fuck", 1 use of "cunt", "douchebag", 9 uses of "shit", 7 uses of "asshole", 2 uses of "bitch" 3 uses of "hell" and "Jesus Christ."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The main character is an alcoholic and there is dialogue about him being very drunk in the past.
  • Marijuana and cocaine are mentioned.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a scene where a boy has a panic attack.


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Violence & Gore

  • A house is accidentally burned down with small children inside.
  • A man attempts suicide by grabbing a police officer's gun due to the grief of accidentally causing a fire which kills his children.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film is very emotional and some elements can be very upsetting. Themes include death from an incurable condition, a son dealing with the death of his father, accidentally causing the death of your own children, inability to forgive oneself, and an ugly separation/divorce.

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