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MPAA Rated R for violent/disturbing material, language throughout, sexual content, and for teen drug and alcohol use

Sex & Nudity

  • One graphic shot of full male frontal nudity with a woman's hand gripping it and one shot of rear male nudity.
  • A woman gives oral sex to a man in a car (no nudity).
  • A teenage girl gives oral sex to a teenage man in a dark room. Mostly implied/offscreen.
  • Ma (Octavia Spencer) forces Chaz (Gianni Paolo) to strip at gunpoint. He strips down, showing his naked butt for a few seconds

Violence & Gore


  • "Fuck" and "Shit" are said multiple times throughout the film.
  • 1 use of the word "Cunt".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The WHOLE theme of the film is teenagers drinking and smoking pot, which happens throughout the entire film.
  • A teenager vapes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Sex & Nudity

  • Rear male nudity when a high school boy is forced to strip at gunpoint. He is shown cupping his genitals from the front.
  • Slow mouth-on-mouth kissing between a middle aged woman and a high school boy.
  • Implied oral sex in a car in broad daylight and also in a darkened janitor's closet.
  • Ma (Octavia Spencer) has Ben (Luke Evans) bound to a bed. She grabs his genitals in plain view and threatens to cut it off.

Violence & Gore

  • A girl talks bad about Ma to her friends, so Ma drugs her and sews her lips shut with a needle and thread. We see blood on the thread.
  • Ma paints a boys face with white paint in order to make him like his white friends as Ma says "there can only be one" black friend in the group.
  • Ma burns a boys stomach with an iron. We hear the sizzling and see the bloody burn mark.
  • A woman is purposely hit with a car. Blood and broken limbs can be seen
  • Multiple people are stabbed with a kitchen knife, including Ma.
  • Maggie is hung by the neck from the ceiling by a black collar and chain, but she survives.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman drugs her daughter, her old high school bully, and the main group of teenagers with horse tranquilizers

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The ending of the film can be disturbing to a lot of people.
  • A sudden and abrupt scene where Ma crushes Mercedes with her car can be seen. The scene literally comes out of nowhere and can frighten viewers
  • Sexual abuse of teenagers: a girl is tricked into performing a sex act on someone who she doesn't know and a boy is forced to stop nude at gun-point.

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