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MPAA Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language throughout and some drug use

Sex & Nudity

  • Topless women are occasionally seen throughout; this, other nudity and other visualization of female form done from the perspective of the lead character.
  • One sex scene. The man is naked from the waist down though we only see his buttocks. The woman is completely naked and we see her bare breasts from the front and side for a brief period of time. We see her buttocks a little bit as well.
  • We see a man try to masturbate for around a minute. The act is off screen but we see motion and hear it.
  • We see a fully nude woman briefly twice.
  • The main character masturbates (clothed, shown from the waist up).
  • A couple has sex, with male rear nudity shown. The woman is nude, breasts are shown. Sex is simulated through to completion. Next the couple talks in bed about the first time they masturbated when they were younger. The woman's breast's are visible the entire scene.
  • A nude woman sits in the background of a video call during a conversation. Full frontal nudity is then shown as she walks closer to the camera. Her pubic hair is shaved so we see her vulva. She stands before the video call for approx. 20 seconds, waiting for something.
  • A character hires a sex worker. In his home she strips to her underwear and discusses sex acts. No nudity is shown.
  • A couple goes skinny dipping at night. Full male and female nudity is obscured under the water but partially visible throughout the scene
  • Images of topless women are shown from Playboy magazine
  • A man is knocked to the floor off the toilet, and spends the rest of the scene naked but with his pants down by his feet. No frontal nudity visible, but side view of whole body is.
  • Two men use a drone camera voyeuristically to spy on a woman through her window as she undresses down to her bra
  • A naked man runs through town to his home at night. Full rear nudity shown
  • A nude girl sits on the side of a swimming pool with her arm covering her breasts. We see side nudity.

Violence & Gore

  • Dead body being eaten by a person zombie-style.
  • Woman is shot through the chest (while naked)
  • A man has his face caved in until there's nothing left but a bloody mess. This could be considered comedic due to how over the top it is.
  • The aftermath of a suicide/murder is shown, in which there is a large amount of blood pooled on a bed and the floor.
  • A man is assaulted while on the toilet. He is shirtless, and mostly pants-less, while he is knocked to the bathroom floor and punched in the face.
  • Dead and dismembered animals (a squirrel and a dog) are shown
  • A dead person who was partially eaten in the middle is torn in half
  • A man us kneed in the crotch
  • A man is shot at twice in the movie.


  • "F*ck" is used 38 few times, "sh*t" is used 6 times, 2 of "d*mn", 2 of "ass", and one of "d*ck". There are multiple uses of various name-calling.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Lots of casual alcohol, marijuana, and cigarette use, as well as the suggestion that an edible was laced with a mind-altering substance.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The whole film has a surreal tone that is often unsettling. There are several abrupt scenes of violence, including fist fights, shootings, and a particularly violent scene where a person is beaten to death. There are a couple dream sequences that are intense.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A nighttime killer appears for 2 different scenes: she is a naked woman wearing only an animal mask. Full frontal (wearing a merkin), side, and rear female nudity is shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The entire film is almost non-stop intense moments.

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