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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

In one scene a woman is naked. However, only her shoulders and back are shown.

Many kissing scenes.

Violence & Gore

8/10

A man winces in pain; a small cut on his face and ear while he holds his side; a portion of his shirt soaked with blood; the man later lifts up his shirt revealing a bloody wound and blood covering his torso and hands.

An injured man winces in pain as another man pours liquor onto his open and bloody wound on his torso, the man uses a needle and thread to stitch up the wound (blood and gore on the thread).

During an extended battle between aliens and a group of men and several men on horseback.

Many aliens tackle men, men fire guns and arrows at the aliens.

A man hits an alien with a club, and a man throws a spear through the chest of an alien, the alien turns to attack the man and a second man shoots the alien rapidly until the alien falls to the ground; an alien uses its claws to stab through the back of a man (the sounds of bone and tissue ripping).

A man lassos an alien and knocks it over, the alien drags the man off his horse and claws and chews through his chest and face (blood covers the alien's face).

A man shoots an alien in the back of the head (the head explodes into multiple pieces of green and red gory matter and blood splatter).

An alien attacks a man; it rips at the man's neck with its teeth, and another man shoots the alien in the head; the alien's head explodes, and the man lies on the ground covered in human blood while another man tries to keep the man's neck wounds closed (he bleeds to death).

An alien leaps on top of a man and rips into the neck and face of the man, another man shoots the alien multiple times in the back, another man fires a bolt of energy from a cuff on his wrist and the alien is struck and flies backward and off the man on the ground; later, a man cradles the injured man in his hands, blood comes from the man's mouth and he dies.

A man jumps onto the back of an alien as the alien attempts to attack two other men: the man stabs the alien in the back with a knife strapped with dynamite, and the dynamite explodes, blowing up the man and the alien and gory pieces fly through the air.

A man rapidly fires bolts of energy from a cuff on his wrist, the bolts hit a group of aliens racing through a tunnel, and their bodies explode into pieces that cover the tunnel and a room.

An alien slams a man against a table, pinning him down with metal straps, and the alien draws a large needle to the man's face and is about to stab him when a second man appears and shoots the alien in the head and back repeatedly; the man strapped to the table stands up and shoves the alien into a stream of molten gold.

An alien's body melts into mush and bones.

An alien corners a boy in a small cave, the alien opens its mouth/chest, and two small claws come out and are about to grab the boy; the boy stabs the open chest cavity with a knife, and green blood and gore pour from the wound and cover the boy's hands and knife.

An alien stabs a large needle into the torso of a man, and the man squirms in pain, he grabs the needle, stabs and drags it through the face of the alien, the alien screams in pain, blood and gore erupt from the wound, and later, the alien is shown with a bloody, healing cut on its face (although its eye appears to have been cut out).

A woman screams and several people approach a house; they watch the silhouettes of bodies moving inside the house, a gunshot is heard and a spray of blood covers the window followed by a loud growl.

An explosion fired from a spaceship knocks a man off his feet: an alien approaches the man through the explosions and the man fires gunshots rapidly at the alien until it hits the ground.

Three men on horseback approach and surround another man, one of the men approaches the man and holds him at gunpoint, the man stabs one of the men in the knee, shoots one in the chest and knocks the other off his horse and repeatedly punches him as he lays on the ground.

Blood splatters the attacking man's face and later one of the men is on the ground with a bloody knife sticking out of his leg (it is implied the three horsemen are dead).

A boy watches in horror as an alien attacks and presumably kills a man.

A man strapped to an examination table watches as his wife is stabbed in the torso with large tubes; an alien shines a light on her chest and her body shakes, and then turns to ash and crumbling away.

An alien punches a woman, the force sends her flying backwards, and later a small cut is on her temple and a bloody wound on her side.

Later, her deceased body is wrapped in fabric and thrown into a fire as a group of men watch.

A series of explosions come from spaceships flying through the air, people run through a street to avoid the fireballs, and small metal whips come from the spaceships and grab people, pulling them into the spaceship and we hear them screaming.

Fireballs shot from the spaceships hit buildings, cause horses to spook and buck and knock over a stagecoach.

A boy watches as a man is pulled into the spaceship by one of the metal whips and a husband watches as his wife is lifted away.

Several people watch as a huge spaceship explodes into a fireball in mid-air, presumably killing a woman who was still aboard.

A massive explosion sends a man flying head-first into a river, and he struggles and pulls himself to land. Burnt trees, small fires surround the area and burnt corpses of cows appear to have been blown up (blood and gore are visible on the cows).

Five spaceships attack several men on horseback. Explosions come from the spaceships and hit the men and horses. The men fly off the horses and we hear shouting while metal hooks from the ship descend and lift several men and a woman into the air and into the spaceship as people watch.

A man jumps onto a flying spaceship and holds onto the wings, a woman is strapped to the bottom, the man uses a cuff on his wrist to fire a bolt of energy that causes the spaceship to crash into a river, and the man and the woman emerge from the river unharmed.

Five men with their guns drawn approach another man that kicks, punches and knocks down three of the men, and takes a gun from the belt of one of the gunmen, which goes off; he then puts the hot barrel against the man's neck (we hear a sizzle and the man drops to the ground.)

A woman whacks Lonergan in the head with the butt of her revolver, knocking him to the ground, unconscious.

A man dodges a punch thrown by another man, he is then punched by a second man that lifts his head up by the hair, the first man then punches the man repeatedly, each time the second man lifts the man's head up by the hair (blood comes from the man's nose after he is hit the third time and he appears to be unconscious).

A man grabs a young man's hand and crushes it in order to slip off a set of handcuffs: we hear the young man scream in pain and shout that his hand is broken.

A man punches another man in the mouth (the man pulls out a broken, bloody tooth).

A man swiftly kicks a young man in the crotch, and the young man falls over and moans in pain.

A man knocks another man's head into the bars of a jail cell, knocking him unconscious.

A man hits another man in the face with the barrel of a gun and the man reciprocates by punching the attacker in the face; they are both unharmed.

A man punches another man in the crotch and he falls over.

A man knocks a woman off a horse, he pins her to the ground and releases her moments later.

A young man knocks the glasses off a man's face; the man is unharmed.

A young man kicks dirt in the face of a man; the man is unharmed.

A man uses an alien weapon to shoot a bolt of energy at an alien, and it knocks the alien away from a woman it has pinned behind it. The alien screams and growls, and then presumably dies.

An alien corners a boy and growls at him, the alien's chest and mouth open and two claws emerge from the cavity, touch the face of the boy and the boy is terrified but unharmed.

A man detonates an explosive on top of an alien spaceship; it explodes in a massive fireball and we see aliens running from the burning wreckage.

A man uses a cuff attached to his wrist to fire a bolt of energy that blows out the side of a stagecoach, and the man then shoots a spaceship flying through the air and it crashes to the ground; no one is injured.

Lonergan uses the alien weapon to shoot a man that knocks him off his feet and sends him flying through the air.

A young man accidentally shoots a deputy; the man grabs his arm and shouts in pain (blood sprays when he's hit by the bullet).

A young man fires multiple gunshots at a building, they ricochet and no one is injured.

A man fires multiple shots at the wreckage of a spaceship and the shots ricochet.

A man and a woman watch as coins on a table turn into boiling, molten gold and the metal lifts into the ceiling, setting it on fire and a metal hook comes through the ceiling and yanks the woman through the hole in the roof.

A man is tied at the arms and legs, the ropes are pulled in opposite directions by two horses as another man watches and the man shouts in pain; the rope attached to the man's legs is cut and one horse runs away, dragging him by the arm behind it.

A man with a shotgun drawn approaches another man that disarms him and walks away (both are unharmed.)

A young man draws his gun to shoot a man and the man being held at gunpoint threatens the young man; several armed guards escort a handcuffed man at gunpoint and lead him into a stagecoach.

Several men emerge from behind rocks and hold a group of horsemen at gunpoint; a man instructs several men to surround a woman and hold her at gunpoint; native Americans surround several men, drag them into a drum circle and threaten them with weapons.

A young man threatens a man, saying that his father has been known to kill people and will do the same to the man; and a young man threatens multiple people with violence, saying that he can behave however he wants.

The Extended Version would be akin to a rating of R for sequences of strong bloody sci-fi and western violence. Extra gore has been added. People explode into chunks of blood. The end fight scene is VERY graphic and disturbing, many people, animals and aliens get blown up and killed on camera with blood and gore everywhere, not recommended for people that can't handle bloody/gory movies..

Profanity

2 references of the "pecker", about 4 uses of "whore", 3 1/2 uses of "shit", 6 religious profanities.

A man drinks an unidentified substance, which causes hallucinations.

Throughout the film we see men and women drinking liquor, including men drinking shots of liquor very rapidly.

A man drinking liquor from a bottle and appearing extremely intoxicated (he is later asked if he has liquor on his breath and if he had been drinking.)

A man pours liquor from a bottle onto a wound as antiseptic and takes a drink.

A man is seen smoking a cigarette on two occasions, two men share a cigar, and a man is seen with a pipe in his mouth.

A teen boy is cornered by a blood thirsty alien.

The entire film is quite intense, as there are many sequences of western and sci-fi violence, especially in the third act

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference

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