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MPAA rated R for language throughout, violence and some sexual references

Sex & Nudity

  • While there is no sex or nudity, a man kisses another man on the lips but not in a sexual manner and it is very brief, towards the end of the movie there is talk of children that were raped by a man. In addition, there are a couple of scenes that discreetly imply that one of the characters is about to have sex with women that he imprisoned.
  • Men discuss a woman who they say has a "talent for fellatio", then one of them refers to her as "Lady Suck Suck".

Violence & Gore

  • Some punches, Execution with blood spurts, A brief autopsy scene (the body being autopsied has the top of its head removed and we can see its brain for the rest of the scene), occasional scene of torture and a body is set on fire.
  • A lot of people are shot in the head and blood shoots out. Discussions of death constantly. Tons of people are ordered to be killed; some are told to be killed with harrowing details.
  • A man has a stroke and dies


  • 68 uses of "fuck", 1 use of "cunt", 3 uses of "cock", 2 uses of "balls." 4 uses of "ass", 1 use of "asshole." The slang "bloody hell" is used frequently. 28 uses of "shit", 4 uses of "bullshit." 20 uses of both "Hell", and "damn." 10 uses of "God damn."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Drinking and smoking throughout.
  • Vasily spends most of the film drunk.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Due to the setting being the USSR under Stalin as well as the height of his Great Terror, there are many scenes that can be very disturbing for audiences.
  • Contrary to the fact of this film being a comedy, there are some upsetting/disturbing execution scenes


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Violence & Gore

  • A man is interrogated, for a long time. A sack is forced over his head and is punched repeatedly, we see his face bloodied face. Finally he is shot point blank in the head, blood spurts briefly. We see a glimpse of his dead corpse for a few seconds. His body then has gasoline poured on him and then burned. We see the body burning once, but the rest is offscreen. Men are seen scooping his ashes so they can be scattered.

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