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MPAA Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations

Sex & Nudity

  • A woman's bare chest is obstructed by her arms while smoking at a brothel.
  • A man and a woman are seen having sex very briefly.
  • A woman hints at having sex with a man.
  • Men and women kiss passionately in a few scenes.
  • James Brown occasionally wears outfits that reveal his bare chest.
  • A man discusses with another man how the latter's wife could have had sex with the former.
  • A woman stands on a bed and attempts to entice a man with sex.
  • Advertising for a brothel occurs early in the movie.
  • A man tells a woman to take her panties off in the middle of a fight.

Violence & Gore

  • Men slap women during a few scenes.
  • A man stole the shoe from the hanged man.
  • A man robs a suit and is forced to go to prison. At prison, he gets into a fist fight that turns into a massive brawl. He is later shown with injuries in an infirmary.
  • A man approaches a group of people with a shotgun in a threatening manner. He accidentally fires it into the ceiling.
  • A man gets into a massive police chase. He crashes into several cars before stopping and is fired at by the police.
  • One scene includes the brandishing and trashing of musical stands and equipment after a heated argument.
  • Adolescent boys of color are put in a boxing ring with one hand tied behind their backs, blindfolded, and made to fight for the amusement of affluent white people.


  • 2 uses of n**** (dated, slur).
  • 3 uses of n***** (slur).
  • 6 uses of a** and variations.
  • 1 use of b****.
  • 5 uses of d*** (cursing).
  • 7 uses of g** (religious exclamation).
  • 2 uses of l*** (religious exclamation).
  • at least 10 uses of h*** (cursing).
  • 2 uses of screwed.
  • "My bass and my drums spread all over this cold floor."
  • 11 uses of s*** and variations.
  • 6-10 uses of sh*t. Many racial slurs including five or so uses of n*gger.
  • 2 uses of "f*** you."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many people are seen smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • A man rolls marijuana and crystal meth into a blunt and smokes it briefly.
  • Several men are shown inebriated in a few scenes.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Argument scenes are rather intense between character are very intense. Thematic material having to due with James' early life will disturb some.

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