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MPAA Rated R for strong language including some sexual references

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • A man plays the drums fastly without protection and gets an open callus. Instead of stopping, he puts on a bandage and keeps playing. Blood seeps through the bandage, and the man puts more. Then bloods cover the entire side of the hand, which can be pretty grossing.
  • Fletcher throws objects, including a chair and a cymbal, and slaps Andrew in the practice sessions.
  • Fletcher is verbally abusive to his students.
  • Some practices of drumming involve blooded hands. Drips of blood can also be clearly seen on drum sets. In one scene, Andrew dips his injured hand in a bucket of ice water and it becomes quite bloody.
  • While rushing to get back to a competition, Andrew ends up in a car crash, leaving a mild bloody scar on his head and still bleeding from the crash.
  • The death of one of Fletcher's students is briefly described in two scenes: while Fletcher says he died in a car accident, a counselor at the conservatory says he hanged himself.
  • After Fletcher tells Andrew he's out from the band, Andrew attacks and almost strangles him.


  • 1 use of "cunt".
  • The whole film is littered with non-stop language.
  • 107 uses of "fuck" including derivatives such as "motherfucker"
  • 14 uses of 'shit' and its derivatives.
  • 3 uses of "cocksucker"
  • Other uses include "prick", "faggot", "dick", "pansy", "bitch", etc.
  • Viewers may find the homophobic remarks offensive

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some mild drinking involved.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Although a music-themed film, the film is extremely intense throughout as well as emotional. In particular, Fletcher's treatment of his students is incredibly disturbing, to the point of outright cruelty, and will upset some viewers.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The car crash may surprise viewers.

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