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(2002)

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for some frightening moments
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Sex & Nudity

  • Contains infrequent mild sex references
  • A man makes a comment to another man about having, "...your toes licked by beautiful women."
  • A man talks about leaning in to kiss a woman, but stopping when he realized he had gum in his mouth.

Violence & Gore

  • Contains moderate violence
  • There is a very graphic description of a woman's injuries after being hit by a truck and pinned against a tree.
  • A man hits an alien being repeatedly with a baseball bat.
  • A man tries to see what is in a barricaded pantry by using the blade of a butcher knife; a sharp-nailed "hand" reaches out from under the door and the man chops some of its fingers off. Extremely brief and no blood is visible
  • An alien's skin bubbles and disintegrates when touched by water and we see some "burned" tissue on a dead body.
  • A boy nearly dies from a severe asthma attack.
  • We see a dead dog with a grilling fork in his neck -- a young boy cries over the dog; he apparently killed him after the dog tried to attack his sister. A woman later pulls the bloody fork out.
  • We hear a dog being killed by something; the dog starts by barking, then whines and whimpers, then becomes silent.
  • The alien-like fingers grab the neck of a boy through a coal shaft, and extraterrestrial fingers reach under a door.
  • People are trapped inside a house and we see shadows of something passing by the windows and hear creaking as they walk along the porch; then they begin to pound on the doors and windows trying to get in the house.
  • A man walks into a dark cornfield, hears noises, drops his flashlight and when he picks it up again it illuminates the leg of a strange creature, and the man runs in terror.
  • Two men chase something around a house yelling obscenities and threats.
  • Two men wake up in a start, hear children screaming from a distance, and tear through cornfields to find a little girl and boy standing amidst newly created crop circles.
  • A dog suddenly snarls and barks at two children, and a dog barks frantically, snarls and jumps at a man.
  • A man talks about having fallen asleep while driving and hitting and killing a woman walking along the road.
  • We see an illustration of a house being hit by energy rays from a space ship and three bodies lying in the front yard.
  • There are continuous reports on TV news about crop circles in fields across the world, sightings of UFOs, the potential for an extraterrestrial invasion, many people having been killed by extraterrestrials using a poison gas, and mass-hysteria.
  • A video broadcast on TV shows a humanoid creature (a biped) walking in a street as children watch and scream in fear.
  • A man yells at his children, and a man has a spot of blood on his shirt.

Profanity

  • Contains mild language
  • A reference to the "F-word," 7 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 6 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation and some name-calling. A woman whispers a list of the bad words she said while confessing her sins to a priest.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Contains very mild references to alcohol and smoking
  • One woman makes reffrance to another women getting upset because she is unable to get her favourite cigarettes

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The kids dog gets aggressive when they move a bowl of water towards him (he's poorly so was taken outside when he pee'd on the floor). The boy tells his sister not to move (in case it spurs the dog to attack). Makes you jump a bit when this happens. This only happens for about 15-20 seconds before it moves to the next scene.
  • The scariest part of "Signs" is that the aliens are rarely seen onscreen. The audience usually only sees hints of the presence of the extraterrestrial invaders - for instance, a shadow or a faint sound. This is by far the most terrifying part of the film.
  • Contains moderate horror, sustained menace and threat
  • The whole movie is creepy (but it's what you can't see that makes it more frightening)
  • The aliens are rather demonic. Their intentions are no different from alien movies. A good amount of disturbing alien imagery. They're extremely ugly in a creepy way.
  • Talk about aliens invading earth and reaching your own home is quite concerning and frightening.
  • A person watches a frightening news broadcast that shows an extraterrestrial at close range. This scene is VERY DISTURBING and will almost certainly make your heart jump.
  • A person nervously explores in the middle of a cornfield at night, where he suspects an alien is lurking. This scene will give you a shiver down your spine.
  • A man cuts off a few of a humanoid's fingers when it reaches for him under a door. The alien screams in pain, which is startling.
  • The scenes with the humanoids may upset young or sensitive viewers.
  • The first appearance of the humanoids can be a bit shocking and frightening, intensified by the music that plays.
  • The mother of two youngsters is shown agonizing and slowly dying when nobody can help her after a car accident. Her death and details about it are referred to several times in the plot.
  • A young person suffers from life-threatening asthma and is shown desperately gasping for air.

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Violence & Gore

  • An alien holds a boy in his arms threatening to kill him with poison gas, and then sprays the gas in the boy's nose. The boy struggles to breathe but eventually survives.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The Brazilian Video that Merrill Hess watches on TV is generally renowned as one of the most frightening jump scares in cinematic history, due to the sudden appearance of an alien along with extremely intense music.
  • After a person brings in a TV, he sees the reflection of an alien on the screen. The extraterrestrial holds hostage a shocked, defenseless youngster.

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