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Aliens in the Attic [2009] [PG] - 3.4.3



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A family takes a vacation to a remote lakeside house and shortly after they unpack, they discover that a group of four miniature aliens has invaded their attic and are bent on destroying all humans. With Carter Jenkins, Henri Young, Regan Young, Ashley Boettcher, Austin Butler, Ashley Tisdale, Doris Roberts, Robert Hoffman, Kevin Nealon, Gillian Vigman and Tim Meadows. Directed by John Schultz. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman on TV kiss passionately after fighting each other with swords (the woman's dress has been slashed and reveals her bare thigh, and the bodice is low-cut revealing cleavage).
 A college age girl jumps into the arms of her boyfriend and they hug; the young man says, "Give papa some sugar." A young man picks up his college age girlfriend and asks her for a kiss (they are both in swimwear and she declines). A college age girl throws her boyfriend a kiss.
 A young man removes his shirt to reveal his bare chest; his girlfriend watches with breathless anticipation and she applies lotion to his back. A college age girl wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A college age girl looks at a photo of her boyfriend who is bare-chested. A college age girl wears a short skirt. A college age girl wears a bikini at poolside. A young man wears swim trunks poolside.
 A young man talks about "hooking up" with a young woman. An alien watches a man and a woman kissing on TV and says, "Their lips are hugging."
 A college age girl is dating a young man who has led everyone to believe that he is 18 but he is older.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - An alien calls to other aliens "attack the humans," and they chase two teenage boys and a young man and shoot one in the back of the neck with a dart that causes him to fall unconscious. Four aliens break through a skylight and crash into the attic of a house; they fight with five young people, they throw things at each other and two of the children are shot in the neck with a dart (the darts fall out). An alien shoves another alien out of his way. An alien creeps up out of a toilet and shoots an elderly woman in the neck with a mind-control dart. An alien shoots at a man, but a badge on his chest deflects the dart. Two aliens shoot at teen boys with a paint ball gun (no one is harmed).
 Two huge aliens fight with punches and kicks and one knees the other in the groin. Two teenage boys slam an attic door on aliens and break off the nails of one of them (they fall on the floor). An elderly woman and a young man fight using kicks and punches: the woman uses a cane and the young man uses two umbrellas, and he ends up being thrown through a basement door and has a cut on his nose.
 A teenage boy is shot repeatedly by an alien with a paint ball gun; we later see the boy with splatters of paint on his face and clothing and he is bound and gagged while being dragged down a flight of stairs (his head hits the stairs as they go). A teen boy shoots a young man in the shoulder and crotch several times with a paint ball gun (the young man groans and whimpers and we see red splotches on his pants and arm). A teenage boy shoots a paintball gun at aliens, and one is struck on the backside and yells that it burns.
 An elderly woman knocks a door off its hinges, enters a room where her grandchildren are hiding, growls at them and bites one teen on the arm (leaving her false teeth attached to his arm). An alien has a cut on his arm (we see a red mark).
 A young man who's being controlled by an alien device grabs two teen boys and tells them that they will face instantaneous death; the same young man slaps himself in the face repeatedly, runs into the side of a car and flips over and onto the ground, is thrown from a swing onto the ground, eats flowers from a vase and drinks the water, gives himself a wedgie, and falls on his crotch on a stair railing and whimpers. A girl shoots an alien with a bubble gun. Several "Mentos" bombs are thrown at aliens, knocking one unconscious.
 A huge alien tries to stomp on a teen boy that's on the ground. A young man is dangling over a roof by a cable and falls to the ground below and we hear a crunch (we see him crumpled, but unharmed later). A young man lunges for two teenage boys and falls off a roof; he is caught up in a cable and dangles from his foot. Two teenage boys fight with four aliens, and they throw things at each other.
 A teen boy sets off dynamite in air ducts causing aliens who are hiding inside to dodge the blasts and cough from the smoke. A TV wire zaps an alien. A young man throws a college age girl into a lake then falls in himself.
 A college age girl and an alien fight with a tennis racket, punches and kicks. An alien slams the heads of two other aliens together and they fall to the ground. A man and a woman on TV swordfight: the woman's dress is slashed and the man's sword is flung out of his hand.
 An alien is caught in a power beam and grows to huge proportions. Two teenage boys see a strange shadow on the wall; they turn around and see a small alien (it has large eyes, green flesh and four arms). A young man and a teen boy go into a dark attic, the young man shoves the teen out onto the roof during a rainstorm and the boy finds the pieces of a destroyed satellite dish. Two teenage boys climb up a trellis and fall off (they are OK). A young girl screams when she sees an alien in her room, the alien screams and is caught up in a Slinky.
 A college age girl yells at a young man in several scenes. A man drives recklessly and fishtails to a stop, and another man says, "You just missed my kids"; a woman inside the car says, "You almost gave me a heart attack." A college age girl tells her younger brother, "I'll kill you." An alien commander says, "Get them!" An alien says, "Peace is not an option." A police officer lectures four children about criminal mischief and using 911 for prank calls. A young girl screams when she sees a praying mantis. An alien makes a sexist remark about a female's ability. A teenage boy tells his father that he doesn't want to be like him, and that he wants to be cool. A teen boy says that the brains of parents are old and mushy. A teen boy talks about what the guilt of divorce can get him from his father. Parents yell at their son in a few scenes. An alien talks about another alien creature that ate one of their colleagues. A young girl tells her brother, "I barf in the middle." A young man tells another man that "my adult diaper is almost full" and waves his hand indicating an odor.
 A man has a box of fireworks and shows them to another man and a police officer. A teenage boy changes his report card grades by hacking into the school's computer.
 A bird grabs an alien and flies away (we hear the alien yelling). An alien anti-gravity device causes humans and aliens to float around a room. A young man is controlled by a remote control and does and says what others tell him to do. We see small vessel flying through meteors in space.
 An alien eats a live rat (we hear a crunch and see its tail moving in the aliens lips), and the alien then burps loudly. An alien drools green goo on a boy's shoulder. An elderly woman removes her false teeth (accompanied by stringy saliva) and brushes them. A young man locks a door and swallows the key.

PROFANITY 3 - 1 scatological term, 1 mild anatomical term, an alien says, "You walking piece of…" and uses an alien term that is not translated, 1 mild obscenity, 7 exclamations (heck, crud, freakin', shut up), name-calling (boy toy, idiot, jerk, freak, geek, dumb, wuss, stupid, Earth maggots, space scum), 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks beer in a couple of scenes, a man talks about getting more beer, and wine and beer are shown on a dinner table.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Being smart vs. being cool, lying, mistrusting teenagers, family communication, alien invasion, teenagers, divorce, weakness, parental guilt, family bonds, irresponsible parenting.

MESSAGE - It can be useful to be smart.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG

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