Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this slow-moving assassination drama deals with mature themes, including insanity, obsession, and murder. The primary violence is the shooting of John Lennon, which is shown in an impressionistic but still briefly disturbing scene. Chapman rails against a gay couple (there are audible sounds of sex off-screen) and hires a scantily dressed prostitute who gets into bed with him (nothing explicit, just creepy). Language includes "f--k" and "c--t" (both spoken by a background character), and other mild obscenities. Characters smoke cigarettes, and Chapman drinks beer.
Mark listens to a gay couple in the next room at the YMCA as they make love (audible moaning and gasping). A magazine shows a woman's breasts. Chapman hires a prostitute who wears a low-cut dress, then removes it at his behest (cleavage, nude back, body silhouette visible). Chapman appears in his underpants, seated on the bed with the prostitute.
Throughout the film, Chapman plans to shoot Lennon: He practices in front of a mirror with his gun, describes his scheme, and finally shoots (blasts and screaming are heard). The scene is loud and distressing, but brief.
A couple of background uses of "f--k" by a man on the sidewalk who also calls a woman a "bitch" and a "c--t." Other language includes "goddamned," "hell," and "s--t."
Chapman is plainly delusional and angry; a photographer at the Dakota is focused on his paparazzo mission.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Chapman drinks beer; several characters smoke cigarettes.