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MPAA Rated R for language and some sexual content

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman gives birth to a child. When she carries the child and hold it near to her chest she is naked and the child too.
  • In one detailed scene the couple have sex. They come to his place and begin to kiss and undressing and then she lies on a bed while covering herself with a blanket. He comes to her and they have sex. Her nipples can be seen while some thrusting is visible too.
  • In another sex scene it shows the couple while he is on top of her and thrusts and she is moaning until he climaxes and stop.
  • After the couple have sex she tells him that this is her first time.

Violence & Gore

  • A man roughly grabs another man who is sexually harassing a woman, shoves him and throws him to the ground.
  • A man slaps a woman. She falls to the ground and is visibly shaken.


  • 10 uses of "fuck", 1 use of "cunt". The N word is used a couple times

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Casual drinking and smoking is shown throughout the film.
  • Drugs: None

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A woman has a panic attack after being lightly touched by another woman; it is implied she is having a flashback to a rape. She screams intensely for around 10 seconds.
  • A woman is sexually harassed while shopping for groceries; a man follows her around making lewd comments and tries to grab hold of her. The man is grabbed, wrestled and shoved to the ground by another man.
  • The plot revolves around a very violent sexual assault, which is discussed several times although nothing appears on screen.
  • An imprisoned man is shown with injuries. He'd implied earlier that horrible things went on in the jail. He has been falsely imprisoned in large part due to a racist policeman.

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