Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this violent mobster movie isn't meant for kids, despite the fact that it stars Scooby-Doo's Freddie Prinze, Jr. Foul language is non-stop (mostly "f--k," with other swear words and derogatory/racist terms like "queer" and "gook" thrown in for good measure), and frequent mafia violence includes beatings, stabbings, bloody shootings, and more. In an especially brutal scene, a gangster cuts off another man's ear with a meat-slicer as the protagonist watches (and gets splattered with blood in the process). Characters drink, smoke (a lot), cheat, steal, and gamble; sexual content isn't too bad for an R-rating, but there's a non-explicit oral sex scene and two amorous encounters in cars.
Repeated sexual slang (references to "broads," "chicks," "c--ks," "p---y," "blow job"); oral sex in a car; romantic kissing; sex between romantic couple is implied, with a post-sex scene showing her bare shoulders as she lies on top of him.
Frequent beatings and fights (punching, furniture throwing, kicking), with bloody injuries, broken noses, and cut faces; boys find a body with bloody holes in its head; a Vietnam war veteran shows the souvenir ear on his neck; a crew of thugs beats a man, then cuts off his ear in a meat-slicing machine (off screen, with much screaming, moaning, and blood splattering); shootings/executions leave a couple of protagonists with bloody holes in their chests; villain is beaten and shot.
Tons of profanity, including more than 100 "f--k"s (several with "mother"), as well as multiple uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," and "c--ksucker," plus other language ("jerk-off," "douchebag," "scumbag"), derogatory words ("queer"), and racist terms ("gook").
The film takes a nostalgic angle on memories of the New York mafia in the mid-'80s. The protagonist (who's the film's least pathological character) cheats in school, sees beatings and murders, drinks heavily, breaks an adversary's nose, and pursues a rival in order to execute him. Gangster characters are typically violent, greedy, and, in their own way, loyal.
Marlboro cigarettes, reference to Häagen-Dazs, and many time-setting pop cultural references, including Keith Partridge, Fred MacMurray, My Three Sons, Brigadoon, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Back to the Future, Psychology Today, Tom Brokaw, Pac-Man, Cabbage Patch Dolls, and Wheel of Fortune.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Frequent cigarette smoking, especially by Carmine and Cesar; drinking and drunkenness at parties and in bars.