2001: A Space Odyssey
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0/10 None

6/10 There is a short scene in the beginning where apes kill another ape. (It should not be offensive to animal lovers as the apes were played by humans.)

A wild jaguar-like animal attacks (and presumably kills) an ape-man. Shortly thereafter, the ape-men learn to kill the hog-like animals (tapirs) near them, and there are scenes of them carrying the meat around and eating it.

A computer system (HAL) kills people by electronically cutting off their life support during their time in hibernation.

A man, outside of a spaceship, dies from lack of oxygen. The computer locks another man out of the spaceship (presumably to die).

4/10 Mild language presented. Words included are a few 'hells' and 'damns', said quickly and casually in conversation.

1/10 Some alcohol is consumed.

9/10 When they first discover the monolith, there is a continuous eerie music that can be unsettling to some.

There is some intensity where HAL, a computer system that has full control over a spaceship, kills 3 hibernating scientists/doctors by electronically cutting off their life supports. We also see an astronaut floating in space, supposedly after being hit by a space pod (controlled by HAL) or by that pod's robot arms tearing his air hose off its oxygen tank. We see the astronaut struggling to fix the situation, until he pulls the hose in front of his helmet and registers surprise at what has been done to his breathing air. There are also tense (but tamer) scenes involving the robot denying one astronaut entrance into the spaceship, and leaving him to die (although he does make it back into the spaceship).

When Dave takes out HAL's circuits from the memory center, he pleads to Dave to stop. He tells Dave he can feel the pain, and "he" is afraid, etc. HAL later sings "Daisy, Daisy" in an increasingly low voice (due to slowly "shutting down"). (This is more emotional than disturbing.)

An astronaut travels into a star gate/portal into another dimension. The following colorful visuals accompanied by a haunting music arrangement (which runs for about 10+ minutes) might be a little disturbing for some viewers.

Most of the film contains mysterious, surreal, and potentially creepy atmosphere and imagery, and is often accompanied by a mysterious or even eerie score at times. The silence of space is also used to achieve similar effects.

It should be noted that 2001 was released well before the creation of a PG-13 rating. This is a mature film. While the physical content overall is suitable for general audiences, it is very complex, dark, and sophisticated. The film is not intended for children.

Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic material


Argentina:13 / Australia:G / Brazil:Livre / Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (original rating) / Canada:PG (Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Canada:PG (Alberta) (2009) / Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2007) / Finland:K-8 / France:Tous publics / Hungary:12 / Ireland:G / Israel:PG / Italy:T / Japan:G (2010) / Malaysia:U / Netherlands:AL (DVD rating) / New Zealand:PG / Norway:11 / Norway:12 (1969) / Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) / Singapore:PG / South Korea:12 / Spain:T / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) / UK:U / UK:12 (blu-ray) (2009) / USA:G (Approved No. 21197) / USA:TV-PG (TV rating) / West Germany:12

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