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Certification

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

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.
  • A young child is seen naked in the bathtub a few times, but is only shown from the shoulders up.
  • 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. Disgusting but it 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

Violence & Gore

  • Several unsupervised young children engage in reckless behavior throughout, including spitting on a woman's car, burning a housing project down with a lighter, and stealing money.
  • 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 - there is no gory detail.

Profanity

  • 80-90 uses of "f*ck," 20-25 of "sh*t," and ~15 of "bitch," some said by children. Under 20 instances of mild name-calling. 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

Spoilers

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Sex & Nudity

  • A woman is accused of prostitution.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A child learns she is going to live with a foster family while an investigation into her mother's alleged prostitution is going on, and she briefly scuffles with and runs from a social worker. When she visits her friend at a neighboring motel, she cries and they both run off.

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