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Some innocuous flirtation among a couple of adults.

We see a boy unzip his pants in a bathroom and is seen sitting on the toilet with his pants down; a man unzips his pants and a squirrel jumps out.


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 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.

In the "Signature Edition" a newly added scene shows the Giant having a dream containing his memories both on Earth and additionally shows a possibility where he originally came from. He remembers the other robots resembling him destroying a city and blowing up an entire planet which awakens him in fear.

The climax and ending can be very emotionally intense for many.

This film was one of the very few that actually earned it's PG rating. recommended for ages 10 and up.

Rated PG for fantasy action violence, language, some thematic material and smoking
Argentina:Atp / Australia:PG / Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) / Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) / Denmark:7 / Finland:K-8/5 / France:Tous publics / Germany:6 / Hong Kong:I / Iceland:L / Ireland:PG / Japan:G (signature edition) (2016) / 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 (2015 signature edition) (Certificate #49984) / USA:PG (certificate #36640)

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