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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references

Sex & Nudity

  • Both foster parents and the eldest child comment on teenagers masturbating.
  • Brief mention of a child in the foster care system having been sexually abused by an adult in the past. Nothing shown on-screen.
  • Some teenage girls seen showing lots of skin and cleavage.
  • A girl wears a very skimpy tube top to spite to her foster parents.
  • A teenage girl receives a dick-pic from a man. Nothing is shown.
  • Few kissing.

Violence & Gore

  • A character has several scenes of injury resulting in blood.
  • A woman stomps her foot on a man's crotch twice. We see him shake in pain as he lays on the floor, clutching his parts


  • One use of Fuck. Around 20 or so "S words;" 2 uses of damn/goddamns; various other profanities/blasphemies.
  • The movie contains a regular amount of swearing for a PG-13 rating. Lots of words like shit but only one fuck.
  • Assholes, Whore, bitch.. all words used very frequently in this movie.
  • One incomplete use of motherfuker
  • 1 abuse of "Christ," 4 misuses of "Jesus," and several other instances of God's name used like a curse word.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Ellie takes a bottle from the liquor cabinet and has a drink to cope with parenting frustrations.
  • Frequent mentions of drugs and drug abuse. Most often, the context is talking about children in the foster care system who were removed from drug-abusing parents. No drug usage is seen on-screen.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The fights and strained relationships among the foster parents and children are at times intense.


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Sex & Nudity

  • An adult is found to be sending pictures of his genitals to a minor. The pictures are not shown on screen but are talked about extensively and graphically. The minor was found to have been sending nude photos in return, which are also not seen.

Violence & Gore

  • Juan has a nail from a nailgun shot through his foot. Lots of blood is shown.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is one scene where the kids think they have one last dinner with their adopted parents before they have to say goodbye, the kids are shown being sad and one even runs off crying. This scene can be very upsetting to some viewers

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