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MPAA Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language

Sex & Nudity

  • Some men are shown with their shirts off, however it is not meant to be sexual.
  • A reference is made to interspecies prostitution, while a scantily clad woman is shown.
  • It is implied that a man had intercourse with an alien. Nothing is shown.

Violence & Gore

  • Gory sci-fi violence, and grisly images throughout.
  • A live alien is used as a target for a weapon demonstration. It appears scared and hopeless and is then blown up violently by the weapon with gore splattering in almost every direction.
  • There's a large, chaotic shootout in a factory between a man and an alien, and a group of armed men. Both parties use hi-tech laser guns. Lots of destruction is seen, and several people are shot.
  • The aliens possess weapons capable of blowing people up; the weapons are used several times in the film with bloody aftermaths.
  • We see an alien rip off a man's arm from a distance with lots of spurting blood. We see a close up of the severed arm with bloody tissue hanging from the stump being placed in a garbage bag.
  • Two small alien creatures fight. One drives it's spike tipped tail into the other with spurting blood.
  • A cluster of alien eggs is burned with a flamethrower. We hear the unborn babies shrieking as their eggs pop.
  • An alien attacks two men by hitting them with the butt of a rifle and flinging them through the air. One man receives a broken arm from the attack.
  • An alien is shot in the back with a rifle. He is then shot in the head at point blank range splattering blood on the camera and on the ground. A pool of blood forms around his twitching body.
  • A man's arm violently mutates with lots of secreted blood.


  • 2 uses of "cunt"
  • Constant strong language. 165 uses of "fuck," 12 uses of "shit," 2 uses of "Jesus," 2 uses of "piss," 1 use of "crap," 1 use of "bitch," 3 uses of "bastard," 1 use of "oh my God," 1 use of "oh Jesus," 1 use of "hell" and 1 use of "oh God." 2 uses of the British word 'bloody'.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Many people drink alcohol at a small party. No drunkenness.
  • Aliens eat catfood and it's explained that catfood is like a drug to them
  • A man drinks alcohol.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • A man is strapped into a chair and forced to test alien weaponry, his captors repeatedly shock him with a taser to make him fire the weapons.
  • Alien eggs are burned and the babies scream as they die. This is referred to as abortions by the characters
  • Several scenes where helpless and defenseless aliens are killed.
  • Various things happen to Wikus implying his transformation. It is somewhat disturbing.
  • The prawns do not look scary, but their behavior is erratic, irrational, and violent which may frighten some viewers.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • A picture of a man having sex with an alien is briefly seen on the news and on news papers as a way to cover up on why a man is transforming into an alien (not explicit).

Violence & Gore

  • A man is surrounded by aliens and his head is ripped off (seen from a distance but you see a large spurt of blood explode out the neck hole). The aliens proceed to tear off his limbs and eat his body (also seen from a distance).
  • A man's nails come off later in the movie 2 of his teeth also come off.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Several scenes take place in a lab where disturbing things are being done to prawns and some humans. Many prawn bodies in various stages of mutilation are visible.
  • A man's transformation into an alien may be highly disturbing to most people.
  • Wikus is presumed dead, but eventually implied to be okay. The film's ending shows what is apt to be Wikus, fully transformed into a prawn.

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