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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • Malia and a schoolmate get into a fight over Malia's backpack, eventually ripping the thing.
  • Nona's son, Cody (who also appears to have some sort of learning disability), comes home with blood on his shirt, which he says came from a bloody nose.
  • A teacher purposely keeps a student from going to the bathroom, so she has an accident in front of the class.
  • A woman yells at a man and throws his things off his desk in his office.
  • A man and woman argue about their son.
  • A woman and a man argue and the woman tells the man to leave her apartment, he then leaves.


  • We hear ass twice, and once of damn, hell and pissed.
  • God's name is misused two or three times, and there are a couple of uses of "jeez."
  • Someone exclaims "lord." Nona tells her principal to "go screw himself."
  • Name calling (Bastard, Idiot, Dumb, Slow, Uneducated, Stupid, Retard, and Scumbag.)

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Jamie jokes that she "marries losers" when she's drunka reference, apparently, to Malia's long-gone father. Still, she works as a bartender in the evenings. She holds a meeting of sorts at the bar and serves Michael whiskey.
  • When Michael walks her home that night, he admits he's drunk. And he also drinks a beer while babysitting Malia.
  • Jamie and some of the teachers go to the bar to celebrate a milestone.
  • Someone references her need for a blue mojito.
  • Nona, slurping down a drink, says, "Are you sure these are virgins? 'Cause I'm feeling something."

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There's some bullying
  • A teacher does nothing as a student rips another student's backpack, and the same teacher purposely keeps a kid from leaving class to use the bathroom.


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Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Nona doesn't touch alcohol, and that last line is played for laughs. But later a sad undercurrent mars the humor: Nona used to drink, we learn. She stopped after she had an accident while driving drunk. Cody was in the car at the time and, because an inebriated Nona didn't buckle him in properly, he was thrown forward and hit his head. Nona's worried ever since that she caused his learning difficulties. (Her confession to her son is heartbreaking, but beautiful.)

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