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Sex & Nudity


A girl appears to lightly kiss a boy's neck and we see a small outline of lipstick on his neck..

A boy tells a girl that he is going to "go to first base" once he gets a driver's license.

On two occasions we see a teenage girl wearing an abdomen exposing top and short shorts (her parents point out that they are inappropriate).

A boy is momentary seen sitting in a bathtub (no nudity is visible, only his shoulders and up are seen.)

Violence & Gore


The acclaimed train crash scene shows a pickup truck driving headlong into the freight train, and then causes it to derail, explode, and fall apart. The train cars smash into the nearby station, causing more fire and explosions. It is a long scene as Joe and his friends run for cover (none of them are harmed, though one of them pukes).

The driver of the pickup truck is shown with blood streaming down his face and alive (jumpy moment) and points a gun at the kids, threatening them.

When the alien creature invades the town, we see a few people killed/snatched up by it. These scenes show some material destruction, but the actual alien attacking a victim is offscreen. By the end of the movie, we do see it snatch up people a few times

The alien destroys a bus, endangering all of (and killing some) of the people inside. Windows smash as the bus is turned over on its side, and the alien breaks a giant hole into it and attacks the people inside.

The alien causes a man's head to explode. We briefly see gore and brains splatter all over a window. This is the most graphic part of the movie.

The zombie movie made by the kids shows fake deaths, but with alot of fake blood. A character is thrust up against a wall against nails as blood oozes from his head. Another is shot several times in the chest, blood flowing.

The alien chomps down on a human leg, and blood oozes out of its mouth.



One use of the "f-word". Several uses of "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," and "bitch" by the middle-school protagonists.

Other words include "p---y," "d--k," "hell," "ass," "damn," "dumbass," "idiot," "stupid," "oh my God," and a few exclamations of "Jesus!" and "God!"


A teenage boy is seen smoking a marijuana cigarette and then acting extremely affected after driving under the influence.

A boy remarks that a teenage boy is passed out and "drugs are bad."

A teenage boy offers to sell another boy marijuana (he turns him down).

A man seems inebriated and we see a bottle of liquor in front of him, a man is seen driving and throwing a bottle of liquor into the back seat of the car.

A girl implies to a boy that her father has a drinking problem and that he drinks until he is unable to work.

Throughout the movie we see men and women smoking cigarettes.


The sight of the alien will very likely be frightening to younger viewers.

The last 30 minutes of the movie are very intense.

A couple of jump scares where the monster appears out of nowhere suddenly.

A train derails after a truck hits it head-on and you see the violent aftermath of the train derailment.

A monster grabs a young store clerk. and he is dragged out of the store and killed. This scene is very intense.

A man inspecting power lines is killed suddenly by the monster.

The monster smashes the side of a bus. This is very sudden and is not expected.

An emotional point in the film comes where the main character copes with his mother's death.

The monster is seen holding a severed leg and making eating sounds.

Overall: 29/50

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use

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