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MPAA Rated R for monster violence, and for language

Sex & Nudity

  • There is no sexual content in this movie besides mild references.
  • This was incorrectly regarded as false. There is a brief side shot of a locker that has a nude poster.

Violence & Gore

  • Moderate action violence throughout with death scenes (some offscreen) that contain little or mild blood spurts. No gore or violent death details.
  • A baby Xenomorph is burned to death by a flamethrower.
  • An alien attacks a woman offscreen, but you see blood splattering on the windows of the cockpit she was in.
  • Dead corpses are seen wrapped in cocoons; a chestburster alien rips through a living woman's chest. Some blood pours out, although not as much as the chestburster from the first movie.
  • A woman has a dream that an alien bursts out of her; the alien can be seen under her skin just before she wakes up.
  • Several times, people are killed both on and offscreen with minimal blood and cheesy effects.
  • A Marine character is seized by an alien and in a panic, discharges her flamethrower, setting her comrade alight. In a blind panic, he accidentally falls over a railing a plummets to his death. In the process, he drops his flaming bag of ammunition, which explodes and throws two other Marine characters. One of them is hurled into a wall and snaps his neck.
  • A Marine character shoots an alien in the head.
  • Two Marine characters are cornered by the aliens and opt to take them out in a manner that results in their own deaths. The two of them cling together, clutching a hand grenade in their hands, and detonate it.
  • A woman uncovers a nest of the alien's eggs and the "queen" alien, who is presently laying more eggs. She destroys many of the eggs with a flamethrower, and an intense chase scene ensues.
  • A human-looking android is impaled and torn in half. There is white synthetic blood spraying in all directions, and his insides (a type of intestines) are visible in the subsequent scenes. Although he is a robot, his insides look quite human and the audience has an emotional connection to this character by this time and may find this additionally disturbing.


  • 11 uses of the f- word (14 in special-edition). Around 15 uses of the s-word.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • There are a few scenes with smoking. The main character Ripley smokes in a few scenes as does Hicks. Apone smokes cigars frequently.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Mild to moderate horror scenes, however the film is more action and adventure oriented rather than 'scary'.
  • Though special and visual effects tend to get outdated in a decade or so and become unrealistic, this film's special effects are done so well they still look somewhat scary by today's standards. Children growing up seeing only CGI monsters now may be frightened by the aliens "really" being present in front of the camera.
  • Several Marines are in danger of extremely scary and vicious alien creatures. The film is more action-oriented than the extremely suspenseful and frightening first film (Alien) but the combat element may make things more frightening for some viewers.
  • There is one intense scene where Ripley and the girl are both in mortal danger of being "impregnated" by a crab-like creature that crawls around in an empty laboratory while they sleep. Towards the end, the child's life becomes in jeopardy frequently until the climax.


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

Violence & Gore

  • Vasquez shoots an alien which sprays its acidic blood on Drake's face which kills him. His face can be seen being burned but it isn't very graphic.

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