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MPAA Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse

Sex & Nudity

  • Non-graphic sex between 35 year old man and 15 year old male character. Numerous references to sex between characters. C*** word used frequently.

Violence & Gore

  • Dierdre often is verbally and physically abusive to her husband. In one scene she tells him that she can smell manure coming out of his ears. In another scene, she knocks him unconscious after hitting him.
  • Natalie confesses to Augusten that when she was thirteen, she had a relationship with a 43-year-old man who constantly beat her up until one day he broke her collarbone and she passed out while hitchhiking to the emergency room because her own father wouldn't drive her to the hospital.
  • Augusten overdoses on pills to "fake" a suicide. His mother drives him to a hospital and he has his stomach pumped, after which he starts barfing and screaming at the same time.


  • Frequent vulgar reference to sexual anatomy.
  • Nearly 25 f-words, 16 s-words, and half a dozen female genital terms. 10+ other milder phrases. In addition several sexual terms, including 3 c-words.
  • One of the characters is named Poo. He is a little boy and his teenage mother named him Poo for his habit of defecating on the floor and saying, "I just pooped!" He isn't corrected or punished, rather, the older kids tell him they're proud of him for his behavior.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Cigarette smoking
  • Frequent drinking and drug use.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The theme relates to insanity and perverse behavior among almost all characters. Child abandonment and isolation is central to the story. One episode of anticipated murder.

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