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3/10 Mild PG-13

Steve looks up the meaning of 'telekinesis', and comments on the word 'vibrate'. Very suggestive, but will fly over some younger viewers.

Steve and friends joke about how Andrew lost his virginity, but due to him puking on Monica, his crush whom he drank with, it is implied they never had sex, implying he never lost his virginity at all. Disturbing to some viewers. (See Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking for more details)

7/10 Strong PG-13

Andrew is constantly bullied by schoolmates, is constantly abused by his alcoholic father, and is disturbed by his cancerous mother. He is a depressed boy, and many of the violence stated comes from his depression.

Andrew is head-locked by a schoolmate, and is punched and slapped repeatedly.

Andrew uses his powers to rip apart a spider, and you see the detached limbs and abdomen, as he drops it on the floor. No gore, but some sound effects make it disturbing.

Because of Andrew's annoyance for Wayne, one bully, he uses his powers to rip three teeth from his mouth. Blood spurts from Wayne's mouth as he slumps over, and everyone watches in horror. You can see the teeth move across the screen. He later give an anatomical analysis on the teeth he pulled. Will disturb some, especially doctors.

A teenage boy is attacked by a man; he uses his power to throw him up against a wall, and then across the room.

Andrew uses his powers to derail a car off the street and into a ravine while Matt is driving. Steve eventually rescues the man, who is bleeding from his mouth and from a cut in his head, and an officer is onto the scene. We hear that he is put in the hospital because of his injuries, but is not heard from after.

A teenage boy uses his powers to throw four men around the street. We then see two of them lying face down with a small amount of blood, presumably dead.

Steve is struck by lightning, and is killed instantly. Will probably offense some parents.

After being in an explosion, Andrew is seen with bandages on. Over time, some of the bandages come lose and we can see exposed bloody skin for the rest of the movie.

A teenage boy is shot by a police officer.

Near the end, many police officers and SWAT soldiers are thrown around as Andrew and Matt fight using their powers. Matt eventually is outnumbered by Andrew, and Andrew eventually harms the officers and SWAT soldiers. After being threatened by Matt three times, Andrew is impaled with a spear from a statue telepathically by Matt, instantly killing him. It is unclear what happens after Matt flies away at the end of the movie

Because of each interconnected with telekinesis, Steve, Matt, and Andrew get a nosebleed when they 'overexert' themselves.

8/10 Strong PG-13

1 use of 'p***y', 'd**k', and 'p***k' (as well as the middle finger).

Some uses of 's**t' and a few of 'a*****e'.

4/10 Light PG-13

Andrew's father, Richard, is an alcoholic. While he isn't shown drinking from the bottle on screen, you can see lots of beer bottles in his hand or on the furniture near him. He constantly beats up Andrew for his own reasons. Eventually, Andrew gets back at him

A teen boy tells another teen boy to "have a beer" at a party and he replies "I don't drink."

One scene is at a party; teenagers can be seen holding and drinking alcohol, but there is no strong use of alcohol there and nobody seems to be overusing it.

After Monica and Andrew drink, they try to have sex, but Andrew vomits on her, embarrassing himself. (See Sex & Nudity for more information)

9/10 High PG-13

Some intense violence/action.

The main character, Andrew, has an abusive father and an increasingly sick mother, which is quite sad and could be distressing for some viewers. His father abuses him onscreen at some points, which could be intense to some.

Andrew is bullied in one or two scenes.

The film can get dark at times.

The ending is a bit depressing for some viewers.

Overall, Chronicle is a movie mostly for teenagers, as it centers around a high-school teenager named Andrew, who is constantly bullied, abused, and disrespected by many peers. However, when him, his cousin Matt, and 'cool kid' Steve find a crystalline substance that eventually gives them powers, they start to joke around, but when Andrew turns into his alter ego, the film gets violent and intense. The film devolves into darker themes, but overall, is a pretty impressive feat.

Total: 31/50 14+-15+

Suggested Rating: Rated PG-13 for Intense and Violent Thematic Material, Some Language and Drinking - All Involving Teens.


MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for intense action and violence, thematic material, some language, sexual content and teen drinking
Certification:
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Austria:14 / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) / Canada:PG (Manitoba) / Canada:G (Quebec) / Denmark:15 / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 / Hong Kong:IIB / India:UA / Ireland:12A / Japan:PG12 / Malaysia:PG-13 / Netherlands:12 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:PG-13 / Poland:15 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:PG / Singapore:PG13 (TV rating) / South Korea:15 / Spain:16 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) / UK:12A (cinema release) / UK:15 (video release) / USA:PG-13 (certificate #47334)

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