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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


Some innocuous flirtation among a couple of adults.

We see a boy unzip and then zip his pants in a bathroom; a man unzips his pants and a squirrel jumps out.

We see a boy in swimming trunks

Violence & Gore


A deer is shot and killed by hunters.

A man goes through the window of a boat and is knocked onto rocks on the shore. A boy runs into a tree and gets a bloody nose from the impact.

A man grabs a boy by the face and threatens to take him away from his mother (the boy is obviously scared); also, a man renders a boy unconscious by grabbing his mouth with some type of noxious concoction. Two boys almost fall off a roof; a boy gets knocked unconscious.

A robot blows up many tanks and armored vehicles and a robot bites into a power station and gets electrocuted (the scene is very noisy and scary). A robot is run over by a train and knocked out; also, a robot gets shot by tanks, bazookas, machine guns, armed aircraft and other types of military artillery.

A robot is shattered to pieces (and allegedly killed) by an atomic bomb.

A big robot carries a boy in his hand, towering above the trees, and the boy looks scared.

We see a brain on TV that moves across the floor by itself.

A lot of scatological humor (diarrhea, constipation).



"Oh my God" is said at least twice in a non-sacred sense: first by an adult male, later by the young main character.

A couple of anatomical references, several scatological references and mild obscenities; some name-calling.

"Damnit" is used by the antagonist's boss when he phones him at home.

"What the hell" is used in a handful of scenes.

2/10: Some locals attribute a fisherman's story about the giant to "either whiskey or beer."

A government agent smokes and carries a pipe several times during the film.


Hogarth watches a "scary" movie; a giant brain starts eating a man's head, but the scene is cut off by an antenna being broken off.

A fisherman's boat is sunk. At first, we believe he is lost at sea and drowns, but he is later washed up on shore.

Hogarth hears something either upstairs or on the roof and slowly goes to find the source of the noise. Later, Hogarth slowly makes his way through a darkened forest (with his flashlight) and follows the destructive path of something obviously quite large.

The entire ending sequence where the Giant battles the Army men who have opened fire on him, as well as the thought and sight of a quickly approaching nuclear missile and finally a moment where Hogarth appears to be dead (he's not) may be too suspenseful and/or frightening to younger kids.

When Giant flies to intercept the missile, this may be too intense for younger viewers as it is emotionally shattering

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Rated PG for fantasy action and mild language
Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) / Chile:TE / Finland:K-8/5 / France:U / Germany:6 / Hong Kong:I / Iceland:L / Ireland:PG / Netherlands:AL / New Zealand:PG / Norway:7 / Singapore:PG / South Korea:All / Spain:T / Sweden:7 / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / Taiwan:GP / UK:U / USA:PG (certificate #36640)

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