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Sex & Nudity

  • A woman calls her own daughter a prostitute and ridicules her
  • There is an implied affair. nothing is shown

Violence & Gore

  • A girl hits and knocks a woman and her husband out with a metal bat
  • A man watches in shock as his dog is killed off-screen by another one. We then see its dead body covered in blood.
  • Two teen boys get into a fight on a staircase, resulting in one of them falling down on the pavement below, knocked out. It's later revealed he's dead.
  • A man discovers his girlfriend is sleeping with his friend. He jumps out the window to commit suicide. We later see his dead body on the ground; some blood is shown.


  • Sh*t, d*mn, b*tch, etc. are used plenty of times. No f-words
  • Characters are constantly mocked, ridiculed, bullied, or yelled at

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The amount of cigarettes smoked in this movie could easily give anyone lung cancer. Very pervasive

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • An Elephant Sitting Still will be one of the most dark, depressing, and lonely films you will ever watch. There isn't a single happy or positive moment in this entire film, and it is especially long. Many consider it to be like reading a suicide note, which technically is true because Hu Bo, the writer/director, killed himself sometime during or after post-production.


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Violence & Gore

  • A man is shot by a teen boy, but not instantly dead. Kinda bloody
  • A teen boy shoots himself in the head. It happens off-screen so nothing is shown
  • A boy goes to visit his grandma only to realize she's dead

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