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MPAA Rated PG-13 for violent content, some thematic material and language

Sex & Nudity

  • Barely any, though there is a lengthy kissing scene between a husband and wife that almost escalates into a sexual scene before ending.

Violence & Gore

  • A child is shot accidentally offscreen (we see his body briefly), and a cousin is killed in a drive-by shooting (again, this is offscreen, but we do see him briefly on the ground). There is a brief shootout (nobody is shown being hit), as well as a crossfire scene where a teenager is shot accidentally when the target was actually another teenager. There are also several scenes of teenagers involved in gang-related fighting, and talk and scenes of a mother and a teenager being physically abused.
  • Additionally, there are discussions relating to the Holocaust, though with minimal visual display.
  • The film opens with apparent news footage from the Los Angeles Rodney King riots that depict explosions, fires, rioters, and police.


  • One use of the f-word. Teenagers do curse heavily, but use significantly milder obscenities.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A teacher passes out sparkling cider (non-alcoholic) to her students and asks them to propose a "Toast for Change."
  • Adults drink wine with dinner and during a discussion at home while seated at a table.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The opening of the movie shows harrowing true-life news footage from the Rodney King riots; the theme of the film is intolerance and racism during the Holocaust and how these prejudices play out today among teenagers and those involved in gang violence. Several characters are threatened by guns throughout the film, and three peripheral characters are killed. A miniature riot happens in a schoolyard, and various students use guns outside school throughout the film.
  • There is also some disturbing conversation about the Holocaust.

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