Any positive themes of not letting dreams and aspirations overpower reality and vice-versa are overshadowed by the noir style and cynical attitudes of the characters.
Frequent violence. Characters shot and killed at close range. Gun fights on city streets. Dead bodies found in lakes, in shower stalls. Lead character's index finger severed from his hand when a door slams into it. Blood. His finger is severed again, he tries to keep it preserved in the ice of an ice bucket, where a dog comes in and walks off with it in its mouth. Lead character tortured by electric shock to his testicles. Fighting with punches, kicks, and head butts. Discussion of how the sister of one of the lead characters was sexually abused by her father.
Female breasts in some scenes, brief. Talk of sex lives, past and present. Lead character calls his erection a "rodney." Lead character wakes up from an obvious one-night-stand, horrified when he sees who he has woken up next to. The two lead characters, men, make out with each other in an alley to avoid getting arrested; when a police car cruises by, the two officers inside make a homophobic joke about it.
Frequent profanity, including regular use of "f--k." C-word used once. "A--hole." "P-ssy." "Bitch." Frequent gay jokes and slurs. A VHS tape has the title "Lord of the C-ck Ring." In a voice-over, lead character says he is "wetter than Drew Barrymore at a grunge club." Lead character speaks disparagingly of women who live in Los Angeles, speaking glibly of how they were all sexually abused as children. Talk of sex lives past and present.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer and liquor drinking. One of the lead characters is high on Demerol prescribed after an injury. Cigarette smoking.