This is a story about emptiness, as characters simply try to satisfy their urges and cravings, earning huge amounts of money and spending it on pleasure and narcissism. No amount of this will ever be enough. No one ever seems to connect with or care about another human being, and no one really learns any lessons. Women, especially, are treated as objects.
The movie shows several gruesome killings with gallons of blood on display. These involve stabbing, shooting, explosions, bashing, hacking, and chain-sawing, frequently involving women. The movie does tend to cut away at the last second, leaving more to the imagination than is actually shown. However, severed heads and body parts are shown in a refrigerator and a closet. A clip from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is shown on television during one scene.
The main character has a lover in addition to his fiancée, but also sleeps with, or tries to sleep with, several other women. In one scene, the main character has a "threesome" with a prostitute and a woman friend. Thrusting is shown, as well as brief glimpses of breasts and buttocks. (This scene was extended by a few seconds in the director's cut.) The main character is shown shirtless, with a chiseled torso. His naked bottom is shown in one scene. The character picks up a prostitute. Two women are shown passionately kissing. A woman is shown in a sexy negligee, with her bottom visible. A porn video is briefly visible on TV. A notebook is filled with nude, deviant drawings. There's also some strong innuendo.
Strong, fairly frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," "vagina," "Goddamn," "loser," and "faggot."
Though the characters are strongly materialistic, the movie doesn't specifically mention any brand names. The characters are more concerned with stylish business cards and getting tables at posh restaurants.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters, especially the main character, drink alcohol frequently, as well as smoke cigarettes and cigars, snort cocaine, and take pills.