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MPAA Rated R for pervasive language, crude sexual content, strong violence, a sexual assault, and drug use

Sex & Nudity

  • Pervasive crude sexual content throughout, mostly in the form of dialogue about sexting and other sexual escapades.
  • A man pulls his pants down and shows his buttocks.
  • A clothed woman straddles a clothed man and makes out with him. She sticks his hand down her pants; no nudity is shown.
  • Men view women as sexual objects by ogling them, flirting/hooking up with them, and talking crudely about them.
  • A man lies to his friends about hiring strippers.
  • A character mimes masturbation with a bong.
  • Three men urinate together; two of them have their buttocks visible.

Violence & Gore

  • Three characters kill someone by shooting them in the head, dismember them, and burn their body parts to get rid of evidence.
  • Quite a bit of fighting, such as slapping, punching, kicking, and shoving. Some blood is shown during a bar fight.
  • A character is knocked out with a wrench.
  • References to prison rape.
  • Characters recount getting beatings from their fathers when they were children.
  • A man upends a dinner table in anger.


  • Nearly constant usage of "fuck" and "shit" respectively.
  • Homophobic slurs: "homo," "faggot."
  • Sexist name-calling: "whore," "skank," "cunt," "bitch."
  • Other insults: "cocksucker," "asshole," "retard."
  • Crude slang terms for body parts: "asses," "balls," "bush," "cock," "dick," "pussy," "tits."
  • Sexual gestures for jokes, such as miming masturbation with a bong.
  • Characters make a racist joke by trying to mimick the voice of an "Asian".
  • Religious swearing: "goddamn," "Jesus Christ," "Jesus," "for Christ's sake," "oh my God."
  • "Fuck" is said 281 times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Characters smoke marijuana out of a bong.
  • Characters discuss taking ecstasy and then take some.
  • Characters are shown drunk; one is briefly shown hungover.
  • Occasional liquor drinking and constant beer and whiskey drinking, always by adults.
  • Constant cigarette smoking and occasional joint smoking, almost always by adults. In one instance, a teen girl smokes a joint given to her by adult friends despite her father's wishes; in another, she smokes a cigarette.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a lot of fighting throughout the movie. Editor's Note: There is no need to add "It could disturb (or frighten) ..." If it couldn't, you shouldn't be mentioning it here.
  • Characters look back on being physically abused by their fathers, but end up laughing at it, which slightly minimizes the intensity.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A male character's genitals are shown for only one second near the end of the movie.
  • A female character takes a topless picture of herself, with her arms covering her breasts.

Violence & Gore

  • A character is sexually assaulted when a man places his genitals in his mouth.
  • A man gets kicked in the genitals and punched while taped to a chair.
  • A character attempts suicide by overdose.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A character is taped to a chair and tormented as he screams to be freed.

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