The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
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|MPAA||Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity|
Sex & Nudity
- A man walks outside in a hospital gown that is not closed all the way in the back. You can briefly see his buttocks from a far camera shot.
- A soldier's walks around the base naked. His buttocks can be seen briefly as he walks into the yard after an LSD experiment goes awry.
- Two scenes of men and women topless in hot tubs for about 2-3 seconds. Nothing sexual
- Brief shirtless men.
- There are a couple brief scenes of "Naked Hot Tub Encounter Sessions" where female breasts are visible.
- A man is implied to hang weights from his genitals.
Violence & Gore
- The war violence in the film is mostly bloodless and rather comical.
- Bill's new age beliefs apparently came from a vision after being shot in Vietnam (he falls to the ground, his wound bleeds slowly and he hallucinates).
- A group of criminals get into a gunfight (no blood). As Lynn and Bob escape, they accidentally graze an innocent hostage with their car (he has a bloody open cut on his forehead).
- As Lynn, Bob, and the rescued hostage head toward more populated area's, an inept security team mistakes people holding gasoline cartons while riding a motorcycle as terrorists, and they end up accidentally firing on another security team in the process, starting a gunfight, with at least one guard getting hit.
- Experiments are carried out on goats, with men staring at them so long that they fall to the ground and die.
- POW's are tortured by being forced to watch Barney in a small cell.
- A soldier is given LSD as an experiment in what could possibly be mind control. The man seems to be having a bad trip, and you then see him walking around the army base naked (bare buttocks from a distance), firing into the air, before shooting himself (off-screen).
- 25 F-word and variations
- 16 S-word and variations
- About 17 f-words and half that many s-words are the leaders. The use of strong language isn't constant, mostly used in specific scenes during the second half.
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking
- In at least 2 scenes, LSD use is clearly implicated. In the first one, Larry uses a vial to experiment on the soldier, ultimately giving the guinea pig a bad trip. In the second one, hundreds of soldiers are drugged with it, via their powdered eggs and water supply. Bill mentions having built up a large tolerance towards narcotics. A Russian scientist is seen holding what might possibly be a joint as they experiment on animals. It's mentioned that Bill has become an alcoholic, he seems rather depressed, and you see a bottle of hard liquor in the background.
- People smoke cigarettes, and in flashbacks, have packs tied to their helmets.
- Alcohol is consumed socially, in addition to the themes mentioned above revolving around alcoholism.
- Lynn uses steroids to help treat his cancer, but you only see him injecting in one instance.
Frightening & Intense Scenes
- Man kills himself (offscreen)
- A man is kept in a small room with flashing lights and tortured by listening to the Barney theme song again and again without stopping. The way the camera lingers on it can be disturbing for a moment.