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MPAA Rated R for strong sexual content and language throughout, graphic nudity, and violence including a sexual assault.

Sex & Nudity

  • Frequent partial nudity/ cleavage as many of the characters are in bikinis/ "dance" wear for much of the movie. Provocative dancing is performed in clubs, though no female nudity is present. Much of the movie revolves around a woman being duped into sex trafficking, but actual sexual content is kept to a minimum. Some strong references/conversations of sex, including strong language, and visually graphic depictions of male genital nudity.
  • A social media post advertising two women as prostitutes is shown on a phone briefly.
  • Characters are shown peeing; buttocks nudity visible.
  • A man slaps a woman's ass while she kisses her boyfriend.
  • A man knocks a door in a melody that resembles the PornHub theme song.
  • Close-up montage of male genital nudity, intended as gross-out humor. Visually quite graphic.
  • A montage where a prositute has sex with several men. Prolonged and explicit.
  • Generally full frontal male nudity including genitalia but partial female topless nudity only as all female genitalia obscured.

Violence & Gore

  • A scene of black police brutality - a man is heard crying for help and is punched and kicked by two police officers.
  • Two women are seen knocking at someone's door, one is taken in harshly as the other runs away. Implied assault.
  • It is implied a character is raped, though nothing is shown as the scene cuts away when a character is brought into the situation.
  • A man threatens a woman verbally and physically, and sexually several times.


  • Constant use of profanity, including 150 uses of "fuck"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters drink alcohol. Drinks are visible in club scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • While the film is at its core a comedy, there is a strong sense of threat/menace throughout that includes a scene of partial rape and other scenes of sexual assualt.


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Violence & Gore

  • A character is shot; blood and exit wound are seen
  • A character jumps off a balcony, he is later seen on the ground with some blood underneath him.

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