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MPAA Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language

Sex & Nudity

  • A poster of a women in a skimpy uniform is shown several times throughout.
  • Ripely walks around in her underwear near the end.
  • Dirty photos in the background of a scene with some exposed breasts

Violence & Gore

  • The alien shoots its teeth into a man's head. (quickly, before the camera cuts away). noting too bad
  • In the directors cut an alien bits into a man's head.
  • A man cuts a "finger" of a facehugger and it bleeds acid.


  • 4-5 uses of the F-word, as well as some milder profanity like shit and a few uses of bitch.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • The crew members smoke cigarettes and drink canned beer.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • If it wasn't for the f bombs it would probably be PG-13 by today standards
  • Anyone 14+ should be fine
  • The chestburster scene might be the most terrifying part of the franchise.
  • The Alien itself is one of the most scary looking monster designs in movie history.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • A robotic character is burned a bit. We see his fake latex skin burn up and peel back, revealing a mannequin-like shell of a skull. No blood , as the character is a robot.
  • An alien bursts through a man's chest while he is eating. This is shown onscreen; blood sprays everywhere. We also get a closeup of the wound and you see his insides in graphic detail.
  • Lambert is killed offscreen (you still hear her scream.)
  • A man is hit in the head with a fire extinguisher and white substance comes out of him; he is then hit once more and his head tears off; moments later, we figure out he is a robot; afterwards, the crew asks him questions and at first he answers with sputters and spurts (his blood is white and milky, though).
  • A woman is punched by a humanoid robot which causes her nose to bleed.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A note to animal lovers: though Jonesy the cat is in danger throughout the film, he survives.
  • In one scene an alien bursts through a man's chest.
  • In the scene when Ripley is getting ready for hyper-sleep, she turns around and an alien is hiding in an air duct (very sudden).
  • When Dallas is in the air ducts, the alien screeches when he sees him and reaches out to grab him.
  • In the scene with the alien eggs, one egg opens and an alien jumps out and jumps around

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