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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

An ample-sized woman, performing on a stage wears only glittery patches over her nipples and a thong. Her gigantic breasts are showcased and the main character exclaims at her near-nudity. See profanity for more details.

Violence & Gore

In the beginning a pair of needle-like hands are taking apart and redesigning a doll, it is very disturbing.

A parental figure expresses the desire to sew buttons over a girl's eyes. The needle and thread are shown several times.

A parental figure transforms into a grotesque and frightening figure who threatens a child.

A child is imprisoned in a dark place with three eerie ghosts who tell her that the main antagonist "ate up their lives".

We see a boy who has had his mouth sewn with stitches so that he is smiling forcibly (very painful looking), but this is soon remedied.

A cat kills two rats over the duration of the movie. However, they are not real and sawdust merely pours out of their wounds.

We see a wall covered in real dead dogs stuffed with sawdust, but with angel clothing on.

A boy's clothes is seen hanging on the flag post. It is presumed that he was murdered by the antagonist.

A cat rips the button eyes off a woman.

In one scene, a young girl is briefly strangled. The mark is visible for the rest of the scene.

The villain has one of her hands slammed off in a door. A few minutes later it attacks and chases Coraline and Wybie. The only violence shown is the hand pulling a key thats around Coraline's neck which strangles her momentarily, and it almost make Wybie fall into an extremely deep well.

Fake rats were killed and sawdust poured out - obvious nod towards blood but not heavily implied or graphic


The term "rat crap" is used in scatological context, describing where rodents had been seen in an earlier scene.

And a lot of name-calling (mangy thing, fuss pot, selfish brat, horrible cheating girl, witch, jerk-wad, creep, crazy, dingbats, wuss-puss, blind as a bat).

In one scene, Coraline's mother tells Coraline that Mr. Bobinski is drunk. Coraline later tells her mother: "Mr. B is not drunk mom, he just, eccentric"

The idea of this film is about a beldam living in a flat who seduces children away from their parents with games and treats and makes them feel like it is perfect. But this is before she convinces them to let her sew buttons into their eyes and kills them.

The scene where Coraline searches for the three lost eyes of the ghost children is extremely intense and frightening. These are the scenes that describe how she finds each eye:

1st eye- A vehicle that resembles a praying mantis starts to attack Coraline but it is revealed that the Other Father is unwillingly controlling it as he is truly on Coraline's side. As Coraline tries to run away on the bridge, the Other Father catches up to her but the weight of his vehicle causes the bridge to collapse and he gives her the first eye just moments before he completely submerges into the pond below and the entire garden turns into stone.

2nd eye- A candy-shaped cocoon is seen hanging from the ceiling on the theatre stage and Coraline walks towards it to search for the second eye with her enchanted triangular stone with a hole in the middle. She later spots the second eye in the cocoon and two hands are seen grasping onto it. Coraline puts her hand inside the cocoon and pulls the entwined pink and green arms outside and opens the hands to grab the eye. Suddenly, the hands close by itself and two monstrous taffy-like creatures which are revealed to be the Other Miss Spink and Forcible pops out and yells at Coraline to give the eye back. Using her intelligence, Coraline throws her torch onto a group of bat-like dogs to wake them up. The bat-like dogs are soon awaken by the torch hitting them and they aim to charge at Coraline but she ducks down just in time and they charge at the Other Miss Spink and Forcible instead. They scream in pain and their faces are later distorted just right before they and the rest of the theatre turns into stone.

3rd eye- The disturbed Other Mr. Bobinsky convinces Coraline to stay in the Other World forever but she refuses to and the Other Mr. Bobinsky gives her the chance to grab the third eye but he avoids Coraline from grabbing it anyway. He later goes into his circus tent and moves in a disturbing manner as he further tries to convince Coraline to stay in the Other World but the angered Coraline gives him a good comeback by telling him that he doesn't get it and that he is just a mere copy of the real Mr. Bobinsky. The Other Mr. Bobinsky later tells her that he's not what he was anymore in a robotic yet demonic voice and it is revealed that a horde of rats is what is actually composed of the Other Mr. Bobinsky. Coraline tries to chase down the leader of horde which has the third eye but the rest of the horde uses the cannons in the hallway to charge fairy flosses at her and at the last minute, she throws the triangular stone at the head rat but it is thrown too far away and the horde of rats tie ropes near the doorway which causes Coraline to trip and fall onto the balcony. Suddenly, the balcony collapses and Coraline is thrown onto the grass at a tremendous force. Regaining her consciousness, Coraline is filled with despair as she doesn't see the third eye anywhere around her and she sobs as she realises that she has been defeated. Fortunately, the cat manages to save her by giving her the third eye which it managed to collect after killing the head rat.

While Coraline explores her living room, she discovers that her doll is missing and finds the doll lying in front of the small door by itself. The doll is seen being moved into different positions and it seemingly "stares at her". This may disturb some viewers.

The villain screams in an insane, loud, high pitched way. This may be frightening to some people.

One jump scene occurs near the end of the film.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor
Argentina:13 / Australia:PG / Austria:10 / Brazil:Livre / Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Denmark:7 / Finland:K-7 / France:U / Germany:6 / Hong Kong:IIA / Iceland:L / Iceland:7 (DVD rating) / Ireland:PG / Japan:G / Mexico:A / Netherlands:6 / New Zealand:PG / Peru:PT / Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) / Singapore:PG / South Korea:All / Sweden:11 / Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) / UK:PG / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / USA:PG (certificate #45001)

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