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Sex & Nudity

  • Couples kiss passionately in a couple scenes. Nothing too explicit.
  • No sex or nudity, but it is implied that Norma and Joe have a physical relationship as well as an emotional one.

Violence & Gore

  • A character is slapped hard on the cheek.
  • A woman attempts to commit suicide by wrist slitting (implied). We see bandages around her wrists a couple of scenes later.
  • The film opens with a scene of a dead body in the pool, no blood is seen although the narrator describes the scene.


  • In one scene, a character says "Judas H. Priest" as an exclamation.
  • None.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many of the characters smoke cigarettes throughout the film.
  • Minor amount of casual drinking. Joe attends a New Years Eve party where people are carousing and drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Appropriate rating would be: PG for disturbing behavior, some violence, and thematic elements
  • The whole movie has an extremely awkward and uncomfortable atmosphere.
  • The ending of the film is dark and depressing.
  • Swanson's performance of Norma Desmond is creepy, particularly the final shot.


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Violence & Gore

  • Norma Desmond shoots Joe Gillis three times with a handgun near the end of the film.

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