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MPAA Rated R for language, some strong sexual content, and brief violence

Sex & Nudity

  • Man and woman are shown naked undercovers in bed. He unwraps and goes to apply a condom (implied). Then, they are shown having sex from a subjective camera view. At first, we see simply the man's bare chest and then the woman's bare back with thrusting implied by motion. He finishes and removes the condom. They have a fight over who will throw it away, but she eventually walks away with it.
  • Many discussions of sex, sometimes crudely.

Violence & Gore


  • 'H*ll' is said five times.
  • 'Bloody' is said twice as a profanity.
  • 'Jesus' is said twice as an exclamation.
  • Some minor insults are said.
  • 'Sh*t' is said about ten times.
  • All of the profanity is in a foreign language and subtitled in English. Some of the profanity is from a man with tourettes.
  • 'Wh*re' is said five times.
  • 'F*ck' is said about 18 times.
  • 'C*nt' is said at least four times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A homeless man is briefly shown smoking.
  • A woman smokes while sitting and looking at her phone.
  • Drugs, recreational: None
  • Alcohol: Social drinking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman runs and screams that a man is trying to kill her and will kill others. Two men try to calm her and and angry man approaches. The men stop him and they all disperse.
  • There are several tense social encounters between people through out the film.
  • Some scenes have an eerie feeling.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • As part of a performance art piece, bare-chested male artist imitating a gorilla in a room full of banquet guests singles out a woman. He drags her by her hair to the floor and attempts to rape her, pushing up her dress. At this point, a group of male guests come to her rescue. No explicit nudity. It is unclear how far the artist was willing to take his performance, but clearly the woman was terrified.

Violence & Gore

  • There's a scene during a exhibit when a man performing as a monkey tries to force himself quite violently on a woman. People ignore it for a while until they stop him. It's intense and can be triggering.
  • A controversial commercial shows a young child getting blown up. No blood is explicitly shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • During a performance at a dinner party, the artist Oleg takes his performance too far by physically assaulting guests at the party and then finally attempting to sexually assault a woman. Other party guests then restrain him and then beat him up.

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