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Sex & Nudity

  • This has the same title as Shakespeare's play, but it is not Shakespeare's play but a very loose re-writing of it. As such, it contains all sorts of adult content not present in the text.
  • Sexually explicit dialogue all throughout, including use of the F-word, graphic anatomical descriptions, and rape threats
  • WARNING: This is NOT Shakespeare

Violence & Gore

  • Features bloody violence, abuse, and graphic depictions of suicide, none of which are in the real play.
  • A racist man murders multiple people of color with a gun. Extremely gory close-ups of people being shot and blood spraying everywhere.
  • A man is punched in the face so many times until his face is practically devoid of any skin. This is a very graphic, brutal, and bloody scene.
  • An extremely graphic suicide scene. A man jumps off a roof, and the camera shows us a close-up view of the man falling on the street as his body is crunched, his bones smash through his skin, and blood sprays everywhere.
  • Dozens of other extremely gory scenes. This violence and gore is practically non-stop.


  • The dialogue does not follow Shakespeare's script. This film includes excessive amounts of vulgar language and profanity. Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" (and any faithful performance of it) contains no bad language of any kind whatsoever.
  • Over 50 uses of the F-word, oftentimes used in a sexual context
  • Multiple uses of racial slurs and other racist language

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Very graphic depictions of drug and alcohol abuse all throughout
  • One extremely graphic scene of a man snorting cocaine
  • Another extended scene depicts a man smoking a meth pipe. He is shown getting high and twitching from the effect of the drug.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The film is full of intense violence and brutal depictions of cruelty. It will also be a major disappointment for those who thought this would be a performance of Shakespeare's play.
  • Recommended MPAA rating: rated R for disturbing violence and brutality, pervasive language, strong drug use, and graphic sexual dialogue

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