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MPAA Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material

Sex & Nudity

  • No sex, nudity or cleavage shown throughout.
  • A character says a caretaker "boinked" her father, and other characters repeat the implication that the two characters (several decades apart in age) had sex. This is known to the audience to be unsubstantiated.
  • Direct repeated reference to masturbation by a teenage boy, twice in obscene spoken context; it is not shown or otherwise visually implied.
  • Photographs of a man with a woman other than his wife, implying a sexual affair.
  • A boy says you had sex with my grandfather.
  • A man says a teenage boy was 'joylessly masterbating to pictures of dead deers'

Violence & Gore

  • A character stabs another character in the chest
  • A character slits their throat, not shown but we briefly see after.
  • A character is seen laying on a couch with his neck slit and some blood on the ground below. Brief and not too graphic.
  • A man appears with a black eye.
  • A woman is attacked and drugged. We later see her unconscious and gasping for breath
  • Ransom is the character is the one who swears the most.


  • The 'f' word is said two times, 's' word is said 25 times throughout, and "bitch" is said on a few occasions. Quite a few times blasmephy can be heard as well as well.
  • Damn is said around 6 times.
  • 4+ uses of goddamn
  • 7 uses of g*dd*mn (3 of which are repeated from the same scene being replayed and one is inaudible amongst characters yelling but can be seen clearly in the subtitles).
  • The 's' word is said 25 times throughout.
  • asshole is said several times
  • The word, "Anchor Baby" is only used once toward a Latin American woman.
  • God's/Jesus's name was abused about 24 times throughout the movie
  • Language is pretty much the only concern but it still isn't very much.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several characters smoke cigarettes or cigars onscreen, including Walt, Benoit, and Linda. Meg vapes.
  • Fran keeps a stash of marijuana cigarettes, and retrieves them to help Marta calm down. She does not imbibe, but Meg takes enough puffs that Walt smells it on her.
  • Several characters drink alcohol during a party, as well as a dinner scene.
  • Morphine and another drug are shown to be administered by injection, on several occasions. Medical references to amounts and doses are discussed.
  • Several times characters call a drug "the good stuff" and one character makes a reference to only becoming a morphine user once he became old.
  • Two people sit at a table in a restaurant with many beer bottles and drinks in front of them.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character is rendered unconscious by being held forcibly with a chloroform-soaked rag over their mouth. They are then stabbed in the neck with a needle, overdosing them with morphine.
  • A spider crawls across a dimly-lit face
  • There are 5 vomit scenes. Usually it is done into an inanimate object (there is one exception).
  • The suicide is intense.
  • A mild jump scare where a woman is found pale and unconscious with a spider crawling across her face
  • A man says that American is for Americans and talks badly about Immigrants, this can upset some viewers.
  • Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong language


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A character stabs another but it is revealed that the knife is fake and the blade retracts on impact

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man appears to be killed by being an overdose of morphine.

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