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Sex & Nudity

  • There are some pretty graphic sex scenes in the movie.
  • A boy meets an old semi-naked man in a bedroom. Gay sex is implied.
  • Topless frontal and full rear nudity - male and female.
  • Frank conversation about gay and heterosexual practices - fellatio, female masturbation, who 'leads' when two men involved, vaginal and anal penetration with an object (the act itself is also depicted, although seen only obliquely).
  • Teen pregnancy. The mother has kept a log of men she has had sex with, whether they used protection, and whether she gained financially.
  • Characters undress for sex. She puts her hand in his underwear before they both get naked and have intercourse.

Violence & Gore

  • A character gets beaten up a few times by school classmates. There is a dead skeletal body in some scenes.
  • A burning person falls to their death from a building. There is some discussion of how this might have happened.
  • A character attacks another with a craft knife, inflicting several bloody wounds. A character strangles another until they become unresponsive, believed dead.


  • Some threats and sexual dialogue.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • High school students smoke tobacco and sniff cocaine. Later there is discussion about having more 'stuff'.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • No frightening scenes but this movie is bleak and hopeless.
  • Two characters have eating disorders. Both overeat, but one immediately vomits, while the other gains weight and is clinically obese.
  • Self-harm, teenage pregnancy, nihilist attitudes.

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