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MPAA Rated PG for thematic elements and some language

Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • May be dark, considering that death is a major theme throughout the film.
  • The lost souls are monsters with tentacles. They can be frightening to some children. Actually kind of terrifying.
  • The film heavily focuses on very deep topics such as life, death and purpose in life. While not inappropriate for children, it may not be enjoyable for some children to watch.
  • Inside demon 22, monstrous Joe vomits dust at Joe's ghost.
  • It makes you think about what happens after you are gone.
  • Lost souls are very scary to look at and hear talk.
  • In comparison to other Pixar films, this film is rather thematically deep and thought-provoking.


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

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a jump-scare when 22 (as a lost soul) eats Joe Gardner suddenly.
  • Inside 22's monstrous body (Inside a lost soul), many negative voices overlap around both Joe and 22 saying harmful words. This could be difficult to go through by children who are in/where in an abusive relationship with their parents or others, but it is a thing that children should learn who haven't been in one.
  • Terry accidentally takes Paul's body when he goes for a stroll, thinking it's Joe's body. When Paul comes back he is absolutely terrified in a realistic manner making the scene feel a bit more real
  • At the very end, Joe's spirit returns 22's spark to her, knowing full well that he cannot return to the living without it. Eventually, he finds himself on the conveyor belt to the Great Beyond and is about to accept his fate. However, a Jerry appears with Joe and offers to return him to his body. Joe accepts and the last image is of a deliberately ambiguous ending with Joe alive and yet to decide how to live his life.

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