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MPAA Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references

Sex & Nudity

  • No sex or nudity. Some crude joking between teen ball players and men at a bar.
  • "Come over here and suck your wife's d*ck." This is said in a joke context.
  • Crude talk of "fiddling" a girls "bean."
  • A man and a woman kiss while drunk.
  • One of the boys is flirtatious with 3 different girls. However, this is mainly played for laughs & is nothing too explicit.
  • Possible nude pin up on the wall of the bar

Violence & Gore

  • Minor brawls between two rivaling high school basketball teams break out in some scenes, but it is not very violent.


  • 63 uses of "fuck"
  • Constant uses of "shit" and its derivatives throughout

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The main character is a depressed alcoholic. He drinks constantly and causes trouble to everyone around him.
  • Constant drinking throughout, primarily by Jack.
  • Several scenes are in a bar, and a man is seen to be wasted various times, needing to be taken & carried home.
  • Jack smokes cigarettes with a girl he met at a bar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Violence & Gore

  • While drunk, a man breaks into a stranger's home believing it was his date's home, but he is soon confronted by a man who tries to keep him in his house until the cops arrive. The drunk man ends up getting thrown down a flight of stairs and ends up unconscious. We see the gash on his forehead with some blood shown. He wakes up at a hospital.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man drives while drunk with a woman in his SUV, and ends up crashing into the back of the boat on a trailer parked on the street. Not very intense.
  • A boy is sent to the hospital from school after catching the fever and is sedated. The doctor informs the parents of the bad news, and although it is not mentioned, it is implied that the boy is diagnosed with cancer. The parents are clearly upset and break into yells and cries. The main character is reminded about his late son who died from a brain tumor a few years earlier, and runs out of the hospital and goes straight to be bar. This is the most intense scene of the entire movie.

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