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Sex & Nudity: 2/10

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).

Violence & Gore: 8/10

An unseen monster/alien smashes into the side of a bus occupied by three men and four boys (they are held inside a cage at the back of the bus), the bus swerves on the road, one of the windows shatters, a tentacle reaches into the bus and grabs a man, one of the two remaining men begs for help as the boys scream, the bus flips on its side and we see a man's lifeless body lying on top of the bus (a small amount of blood is visible on his torso and head); the tentacle then grabs one of the remaining men inside the bus and crushes him while the boys escape unharmed, and the remaining man on the bus loads a gun, the monster/alien is about to attack, he fires rapidly, we see a flash of the man's head being slammed against a window and blood covers the window, implying that the man had been killed.

We see a man standing over a hospital bed where another man with bloody, crusted facial wounds is lying; the injured man has bandages on his ears and we see blood on his shirt, a third man injects an unknown solution into his IV, we see his body shake violently (he knocks over a glass jar and it shatters on the ground) and we hear his heart monitor stop, implying that the man died.

A monster/alien grabs a man standing with a group of two boys, a girl, and a woman, then the monster/alien grabs the woman as the boys and girl scream and run and hide, and the monster/alien proceeds to also grab one of the boys, lift him up and examine him; the boy calmly tells the monster to put him down, the monster does so and the boy is unharmed.

Two boys discover an underground lair where they see multiple people hanging upside down from the ceiling and the boys panic when they see an alien/monster grab one of the bodies and presumably eat it (we see no blood but one of the boys says the body is being eaten); the boys discover a man and pull him down, he awakens unharmed, they then pull down a girl and a woman is seen staggering around, dazed but unharmed.

A girl approaches a mangled truck, we see a man slumped over the steering wheel with blood is on his head, deep cuts on his forehead and blood splattered on the wreckage; the man regains consciousness and reaches for the girl and we later see the man lying on a hospital gurney with his cuts beginning to scab over.

A teenage boy runs for cover in a gas station store after seeing a glimpse of a monster/alien (we see the monster/alien's legs as it chases the boy); the windows of the store blow out and we see the teenage boy being dragged out of the store, screaming.

A man is surprised when he sees a trash dumpster fly past his car, we hear a crashing noise and see a portion of a monster/alien's legs as the man's car lifts up and slams back to the ground; a teenage boy discovers the vehicle completely smashed and the man missing (the man is later discovered dazed but unharmed).

Several boys watch black and white footage of scientists investigating an airplane; we hear a man's voice narrating that a monster/alien had been tortured, and we see footage of one of the scientists being lifted up by a long tentacle, swung through the air and then dropped unharmed on the ground.

A man drives a car down a street chasing his daughter, he runs a stop sign and smashes into a parked car, his body lurches forward and he then stumbles from the car with a bloody cut on his forehead, blood on his shirt and face and a cut on his cheek; he is later seen with dried blood on his shirt and a small amount of dried blood smeared over his face.

A truck drives head-on into a fast-moving train, we see the train collapse on impact and jump off the track and a series of explosions follow; then a massive fireball engulfs some of the train cars, an explosion throws parts of train cars through the air and they narrowly avoid hitting a boy when they crash to the ground.

Four boys hide inside a house: a wall the boys are standing next to explodes, we see dust and hear one boy screaming, and a second boy says that he can see another boy's bone sticking out of his leg (we do not see it); all four boys are later seen unharmed.

A man with bloody cuts on his face and blood visible on his shirt, shouts at four boys and a girl, waves a gun at them and threatens that they and their families will be killed; the children run in panic.

We see a man staring at a gas tanker and moments later the tanker explodes into a fireball, implying that the man had fired a gun at the tanker, causing it to blow up; we see military personnel dive out of the way to avoid being struck by the flames.

Several soldiers, two boys and a girl gather on a street, and they watch as windows blow out of a building and a magnetic force lifts a man holding a gun off the ground; the man releases the gun and falls to the ground, unharmed.

A man punches another man in the face, and then grabs his gun and uses the butt to knock the man out (he falls to the ground).

We hear two men shouting, and the sound of a scuffle followed by a slamming door and we see a police officer dragging a man out of a house; he shoves the man against his police cruiser while handcuffing him and then drives off with him in the backseat.

We see multiple outtakes of a film made by several boys, that includes scenes of a boy holding a fake gun to another boy's neck, and then grabbing the boy by the shoulders and shoving him against a wall; it is implied that the boy's head is supposedly impaled on three nails and we then see stage blood pouring from the boy's mouth. We see an outtake of a model train being blown up with M-80s and we see a boy fire multiple fake shots at another boy dressed as a zombie (we see a "wound" with fake blood appear on his shirt). A group of boys discover wreckage from a train wreck and panic when they see blood, until they realize that it is stage blood.

Profanity: 8/10

Two f-words and over 40 s-words. And there are over a dozen uses of "hell." "Ass" and "damn" We also hear "bitch," and "pussy" and "dick" are used. Most of profanity are used by younger teens.

Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking: 6/10

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.

Throughout the movie we see men and women smoking cigarettes.

Frightening/Intense Scenes: 6/10

The monster is incredibly scary and younger viewers will be frightened by it.

A couple of jump scares where the monster appears out of sudden nowhere and begins to attack people.

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

A group of children are shown in peril on frequent occasions.

There are several scenes where frightening, intense action or attack sequences occur without any warning to the viewer. This can be frightening and alarming for those who are easily disturbed.

Several scenes depict soldiers engaging combat against a creature. Wounded people can be seen.

Frightening scenes involving abnormal or absent physical laws are frequent.

Total Explicit Estimation: 30/50

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

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