However, I think it depends on the mentality of the person viewing it. I know some 14 year olds who could handle this and some 18 year olds who can't. The violence and disturbing themes are the most concerning for me. You often feel as though you are hallucinating brillant cinematography and filmmaking btw and going crazy along with Nina.
It captivates you and draws you into the story. However, there are some very trippy and surreal moments and imagery that scare, confuse, and disturb. There is also a theme of self harm. The film displays a woman pursuing her dream so much, that she veers to the brink of insanity. As far as language and drugs, there is a fair bit, however it is not promoted. If you are worried about your kids' habits being influenced in anyway by this film, then they are in no way mature enough to watch it.
Finally, the thing everyone seems to be making a fuss about is the sexual content. There is a fair bit of sex in the film, however it is not the main focus and it not as graphic as other people are making it out to be. Most reviews on here are upset over the sex scene between two women and Nina masturbating. I have heard hardly any mention of the sex scene between Lily and her instructor.
Nina and Lily's sex scene is hardly hardcore porn as some people suggest. There is no nudity, it is not too graphic, and it is also very surreal.
It is not "disgusting", rather it's more sensual. There have been far more graphic and frequent sex scenes between men and women in R rated films before. The only reason people are making a fuss, is because it is between two women and it is not something they are either comfortable with or used to.
Our society views female sexuality and pleasure as a taboo topic. This is further proven by people getting upset about Nina masturbating. I have seen PG films with men masturbating and nobody gets upset.
I have read reviews calling the scenes "disgusting" and inappropriate for anyone under the age of This whole mind frame needs to change. I am not saying that children should be exposed to this content, or this film. I am simply saying that it is wrong that more people take issue with the sexual content than with the graphic depictions of violence in this movie.
To me, it seems as though the majority of people are more uncomfortable with female sexuality than they are anything else. Depressingly, some of these people are women. Listen up, if you are uncomfortable or embarressed by the word "vagina", then your are certainly not mature enough to handle this film. On that note, this is a brillant and though provoking movie. I highly recommend it.