Trainspotting Movie Poster
  • Released
  • July 19, 1996
  • R, 1 hr 34 min
  • 348 Fan Ratings

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What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Trainspotting is a black comedy about of a group of friends (including Ewan McGregor) held together largely by their shared addiction to heroin. Much time is spent simply on presenting sounds and images meant to simulate either the euphoria of heroin highs or the wretchedness of heroin withdrawal. Characters are frequently shown preparing, using, and even selling drugs. Violence includes fist fights and fights with blunt instruments and broken glass, which can get quite bloody. The dialogue is almost wall-to-wall obscenities (including frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t"), although the Scottish accent is often hard for Americans to understand. In a particularly disturbing scene, a baby dies due to the neglect of his heroin-addicted mother. Sex is discussed and shown graphically, including a scene in which a topless woman straddles a man in bed. Also, a character has sex with a girl he later learns is underage. While this movie has reached cult classic status, it's definitely not appropriate for kids.

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