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MPAA Rated R for graphic drug abuse, disturbing and violent images, pervasive language, and sexual content

Sex & Nudity

  • Cherry masturbates in a porta-potty; no nudity
  • Few scenes of couples kissing and lying in bed without shirts; no nudity
  • Many uses of "fuck" in a sexual context along with many other sexual references.
  • Brief content of underage sexual activity.
  • A girl wears a next to nothing, extremely short and tight dress and dances provocatively at a party. You can see the outline of her breasts and nipples.
  • A couple kiss passionately. The female character takes off her clothes and the camera pans onto her body in her bra and panties. The two then kiss and fall into the bed.
  • A female character wears only her bra & panties in several scenes.
  • Young couple lay in the bed; both look presumably naked. However bed sheets cover them completely. However both above waist rear nudity is shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Cherry holds up several banks with a gun
  • A man is shown with infected lacerations around wrists being treated by a medic.
  • There are lots of scenes in the war, where they're fighting with each other. Soldiers are using their guns.
  • Scenes of injury detail occur frequently during scenes at war. Guts, limbs and gore is visible by many injuries.


  • 276 uses of "fuck". Frequent uses of "shit" throughout.
  • Tons of uses of "dick", "cock", "bitch", "pussy", "asshole" etc.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters smoke weed, do heroin, and drink alcohol
  • A character is named "Pills & Coke"
  • The film is basically about drug addiction.
  • James Lightfoot passes a joint to his friends.
  • There is a short scene of ecstasy dealing and ingestion, followed by a description of Cherry having "huge pupils"
  • There are many scenes in which Cherry shoots Emily with heroin.
  • Pill & Coke insists of giving someone 'special candy', where he holds a needle to her mouth.
  • Characters are seen injecting heroin in their arm briefly. Very disturbing
  • Cherry and James snort crushed pills

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This movie is extremely dark and depressing, however not as grisly or heart wrenching as similar films such as The Basketball Diaries or Requiem for a Dream, but people under the age of 18 might find it difficult to watch due to the nature of the movie.
  • This movie is not suitable for younger kids. It is OK for 15 year olds and over. It is a good movie for around these ages as it gives an insight into the life of a person's life decisions and the problems with them. This also beings to start to happen around the time of 15 years of age.
  • Cherry constantly throws up because he hasn't is so addicted to drugs


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

Sex & Nudity

  • Brief shot of a doctor performing a rectal exam with the camera inside the body of the character, look through their colon at the doctor. Side of characters bare leg/buttocks is shown after.
  • There is a scene where during basic training, each soldier does a task in underpants.

Violence & Gore

  • A humvee in Cherry's unit is blown up; burnt corpses are seen
  • A soldier is injured in battle and his organs are visible. Cherry and another medic attempt to shove them back in and bandage him up.
  • Pills & Coke is unknowingly shot in the belly, the wound is briefly bloody. He then dies shortly after and is left on a curb in the middle of nowhere.
  • Cherry stabs himself repeatedly in the leg with a needle, brief bloody wounds are shown.
  • Cherry is shown coughing up large amounts of blood while in prison.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Upon deciding to turn himself in, Cherry begins shooting up in his foot/leg on the sidewalk before his eyes roll back and he faints. It is unclear if he overdosed or simply fainted.
  • Characters are constantly drinking, smoking, or ingesting drugs in other ways. The last half of the film they are almost consistently high or shown shooting up.
  • Cherry, Emily and James receive a safe containing a plethora of pills and drugs.
  • When Pills & Coke knocks on Cherry's door claiming to be the 'police', Cherry and Emily swiftly attempt to dispose of all the drugs and pills they hid underneath their clothing, this includes pouring a bag of cocaine down the toilet and pills down the sink.
  • The after effect of the drugs results in several instances of Cherry and Emily puking constantly.
  • Cherry wakes up on a bench with a needle inside his arm, he removes it from the wound also showing other dark spots around his arm.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Cherry is briefly shown seizing and throwing up blood on the floor of a holding cell.
  • Following Emily's overdose, Cherry sits in his car and has a breakdown, stabbing himself repeatedly in the thigh with a needle. He freaks out and thrashes around in the car. Very disturbing.
  • During the war, a man is dying, and we can see his belly and his organs are visible
  • A soldier attempts suicide in a locker room, but fails. Might be slightly disturbing for some.
  • Cherry's PTSD is profound when he returns home, this is explicitly shown in a scene where he convulses and cannot sleep. Quite disturbing and emotional.

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