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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity

3/10

Brief full-frontal nudity of a male toddler.

A woman wears a low-cut dress.

A woman also asks superman what color underwear she has on. As she asks him about his X-ray vision.

A woman's top exposes critical breast cleavage, no nipples are seen though.

Violence & Gore

5/10

Mild Violence (no gore)

Zod, Ursa, and Non are sentenced to "eternal living death" in the "Phantom Zone". We see what looks like a glass square floating towards them and consume them into it.

A brief moment where Krypton explodes in space, killing millions of people.

Jonathon Kent experiences a heart attack and collapses on the ground, implying his death.

A thug holds Lois and Clark captive in an alley, he threatens them at gunpoint demanding for Lois' handbag, she drops the purse and when he goes to pick it up, she kicks him in the face with her heel. At the same instance, he fires his gun at her which the bullet is caught by Clark (He is unharmed) and the thug runs off.

A man is run over by a train. Nothing shown, except his shredded hat he was wearing.

A wire wraps around a helicopter which causes it to malfunction, it's tail propeller destroys a small structure and is left hanging on the edge of a tall building, nearly killing its occupants inside.

A group of police chase down criminals in their vehicles. Two cars crash into objects and they stop at a dock, where a gunfight ensues between them. No one is injured or killed.

A man takes a crow bar and hits Superman on the back of his head (he is unharmed) which causes strong vibrations all over the man's body.

In an extended sequence, Lex Luthor lures Superman into a gauntlet which is filled with lethal traps. Using weapons such as machine guns, flamethrowers, and a massive ice machine. (He is unharmed and escapes all)

A missile crash lands and explodes in the San Andreas Fault, causing a massive earthquake that creates damage across the region, these include: An abandoned gas station collapses and blows up, The Golden Gate Bridge begins to rattle and shake until traffic goes awry, (a bus crashes into a vehicle while another car from behind the bus slams into it, leaving it partially hanging off the edge of the bridge. The bus and the people inside are saved by Superman). The Hoover Dam explodes sending a huge wave of water toward a small town, again, it is stopped by Superman who sends an avalanche of rocks and boulders downhill to block the water. Lois' car stops working and she is left in her vehicle sinking into the ground where wave after wave of dirt and rocks tumble downhill inside until she suffocates to death. She is revived though when Superman turns back time.

Profanity

3/10

At a maximum there are at least 2 "Damns", 5 "Hells", 1 or 2 "Asses" and 1 "Shit".

2/10

Brief and infrequent.

Lois starts to light a cigarette, but Superman tells her that she shouldn't, so she stops.

Perry White and Lex Luthor both smoke cigars.

5/10

In the opening scene, three villains are sentenced to the "Phantom Zone", and the way they are transferred to this other dimension is intense.

The scene where Krypton explodes may disturb viewers.

A young Clark Kent races a speeding passenger train and playfully crosses the track at a road crossing a split second before the train reaches it. While a young viewer likely would know that Clark would not have been harmed if the train struck him, there is still the tension that he could have caused a wreck if the train had hit his super strong body.

Lex Luthor kills a man with a subway train. We see his reactions and hear him scream as the train hits him.

A helicopter malfunctions, nearly killing its occupants in an extended sequence.

Thousands of people are put in peril by a nuclear missile that causes a massive earthquake that threatens to destroy the entire state of California as Superman races to stop the disaster.

Lois is trapped inside her car during an earthquake. She is suffocated by dirt and rocks. This is a fairly long scene, and may be gruesome to watch. She dies, but Superman turns back time and saves her before the earthquake gets her.

TOTAL: 18/50

Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language.

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MPAA:
Rated PG for peril, some mild sensuality and language (original rating) (Approved No. 25403)

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