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MPAA Rated R for pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence

Sex & Nudity

  • The Dude shades a notepad revealing a doodle of an erect penis and testicles on a piece of paper. It's a doodle and not flesh and is mild.
  • A scene where characters watch a few seconds of an adult film on a small screen.
  • There is a long, completely gratuitous shot of a topless woman on her back bouncing on a trampoline. Another 5 second shot of the same. Totally unnecessary female nudity.
  • A woman is forward in a meeting with the "Dude" discussing sexual pleasure and making reference to the male anatomy
  • A woman is hoisted on a harness whilst creating a painting. She is then seen fully nude from a very far distance for about 3-4 seconds. Again, totally unnecessary and completely gratuitous.
  • A woman in a bikini asks a man to blow on her toes, she then says she will give him a blowjob for $1,000.
  • Theres A brief discussion about a character who used to molest 8 year olds and the time he did in prison.
  • Excessive female nudity occurs throughout the film. Note that there is no male nudity for the female viewers' enjoyment.
  • One of the main characters works at a porn studio, so there are multiple scenes that take place there. A scene in which she arrives there shows her fully nude from far away, but genitalia is still briefly visible
  • Some crude humor
  • A man in a dream looks up a bunch of women's skirts ( nothing shown )
  • A nude woman runs past a window in a backyard. No detail can be seen.

Violence & Gore

  • The violence is mostly played for comedy, yet some instances contain true threat.
  • A severed toe is sent in the mail. There is blood on the bandage as it is unwrapped.
  • Thugs come into The Dude's place and smash things with a cricket bat.
  • Walter takes a crowbar and thrashes a new car.
  • A police officer throws a coffee mug at a man's forehead and then pushes him to the floor.
  • A thug grabs a man and shoves his head into a toilet several times.
  • A man is hit in the stomach by a bowling ball. He almost vomits and seems to be in pain.


  • The Coen's most profane movie by far.
  • 274 uses of "fuck", 36 uses of "shit" (including 3 uses of "bullshit," 2 uses of "dipshit" and 1 use each of "shit-head" and "shitty"), 16 uses of "ass," 7 uses of "Goddamn," 7 uses of "hell," 6 uses of "dick," 6 uses of "asshole," 5 uses of "Jesus" and "jerk-off," 3 uses of "damn," 2 each uses of "bitch," "pissed," "slut" and "Jesus Christ," and 1 use each of "cock," "prick, "rod," "Johnson" (both slang terms for male genitals), "whore," "beaver" (a slang term for female genitals), "son of a bitch."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The main character is a pothead who smokes Marijuana numerous times and is high in many scenes.
  • The main character is fond of the "white russian" drink and makes one in several scenes.
  • There is a scene where the main character is smoking pot and drinking beer while driving.
  • Characters smoke cigarettes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The kidnappers send a severed toe in order to induce their victims family to pay up.


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Violence & Gore

  • Walter severely beats up three men at the end of the film, and bites the ear off one of them. Afterwards he is shown with blood on his face. The scene ends as Donny suffers from a heart attack.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Donnie dies in the film due to a heart attack as a result of killing three men. This is however done for comedy purposes.

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