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MPAA Rated R for language and brief violence

Sex & Nudity

  • It is mentioned that a woman worked as a stripper.
  • A man is described as a "pervert who likes to watch girl's pee."
  • Boy wanders through a red light district with neon signs (mild content).
  • Boy told he might get raped sleeping rough in bad area.
  • There is no male or female nudity in this film.

Violence & Gore

  • Animal abuse in the form of horse being made to run too frequently (this is mainly verbally discussed, horse is not shown suffering).
  • Man is attacked by another man, punched repeatedly and pushed through glass window (mostly out of view and in low light).
  • Man has stomach wound caused by glass.
  • Man is hit on head with iron bar (shown mid distance but graphic) and knocked down.


  • Pervasive harsh language, including two uses of "motherfucker," fifty-two uses of "fuck," thirteen uses of "shit," half a dozen uses of "goddamn," a couple of uses of "son of a bitch," "cocksucking," "arsehole"; two uses of "Jesus Christ" as profanity.
  • Teenage girl verbally abused by a man for being overweight.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Multiple scenes of alcohol use in bars, restaurants and at home.
  • Beer drunk by 15 year old.
  • A man drinks so much he passes out.
  • Discussion about doping a horse (in racing context).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A horse is spooked by cars at night and runs wild.


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Violence & Gore

  • Horse hit by car at night and killed (shown long distance). Horse shown dying close-up (no gore).

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Drunk man attacks teenage boy, punching him while trying to steal his money.

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