The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) Poster

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MPAA Rated R for strong drug content, sexual content, nudity, language throughout, some lynching images and violence

Sex & Nudity

  • A male has sex with a female against a dresser & thrusts into her from behind while showing some male rear nudity.
  • Female breast nudity is displayed of a female stripping nude in front of male police officers.
  • Female breasts, body & buttocks nudity is displayed of four females that are shown being hosed down in prison.
  • A graphic & lengthy sex scene displays explicit nudity of a naked female on all fours with her bare buttocks in the air as a man spanks it, fondles her bare breasts & thrusts into her from behind followed by missionary sex with explicit female breast, body & genital kissing inclusive of brief female frontal nudity.
  • Female breast nudity is displayed of a naked female talking to a fully clothed male visitor. A Brothel scene has female breasts, body & buttocks nudity of many females including very scantily clad.

Violence & Gore

  • The film shows photos of violent acts against black Americans, including lynchings.
  • A man slaps a woman twice in the face, knocking her to the floor. He kicks her in the stomach.


  • Use of profanity, including fuck, and racial slurs, including the N-word

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters smoke cigarettes and consume alcohol

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Depictions of historical lynchings of black Americans


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Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters inject heroin in their arm in multiple scenes

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a scene in which we hear a child screaming and crying, after which we see a burnt home with a flaming cross in front of it, and a man holding a woman's dead body, still hanging from the tree from which she was lynched.

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