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Parents Guide for
Coraline (2009) More at IMDbPro »

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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 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 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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