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MPAA Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material.

Sex & Nudity

  • A group of children look on at a sleazy, old woman sunbathing topless near a hotel pool and comment on the size of her breasts. The most the viewer sees is the outline of her sagging, low-hanging bosom. They hang so low that they have to be fake.
  • A man walks around a motel and talks to a group of children in a way that implies he is a pedophile; he is diverted and then chased off by the motel's owner.
  • There are occasional references to "dancing for tips" and "getting laid" by adults around children.
  • After a man threatens to evict her from the motel, a woman grudgingly pulls her menstrual pad out from her shorts and slaps it onto the man's office window. Has a humorous context.
  • A main character is braless in several sequences of the film. The outline of her breasts is visible in most of them.
  • Brief crude sexual gestures
  • no sex scenes, but a few sexual references.

Violence & Gore

  • Several scenes of people fist fighting. Blood is minimal, but in a later scene one of the victims is shown with a black eye.
  • A woman shows her distaste for someone at a motel by pressing her used maxi pad against a motel window.
  • A fight breaks out in a parking lot and ends in someone being dragged from a moving car
  • A woman is beaten up in front of her child and multiple punches are seen and heard landing.


  • 82 uses of "fuck," 25 uses of "shit," and 15 uses of "bitch," some said by children. People are flipped off many times.
  • Obscene gestures in some scenes, including a mother and two children giving middle fingers to a group of passerby and a person mimicking oral sex to someone accusing her of stealing.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Pervasive cigarette smoking and drinking, often around children. A woman is told not to smoke in her room by a motel owner, but she does so anyway out of his sight.
  • A woman asks when she can "smoke a blunt" with someone.
  • A woman about to leave a motel gives her friend in the laundry room a bag of marijuana as a parting gift.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The whole mood of the film is intense, frankly depicting the hardships in a Florida motel whose tenants are "hidden homeless," and mostly through the eyes of children.
  • The last 30 minutes of this film can be very upsetting to many viewers
  • This movie is a dark comedy


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is accused of prostitution.
  • A woman poses seductively in a bathing suit in an ad for prostitution.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • When Moonee learns that she is being taken away to foster care, she runs over to her friend's house. She then sobs relentlessly. This scene is heartbreaking.

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