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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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MPAA Rating: PG

Animated adventure with Woody Allen as the voice of Z, a neurotic worker ant who does not like conformity. With the co-starring voices of Sharon Stone (the princess Z falls for), Gene Hackman (Z's nemesis, a crazed general), Sylvester Stallone (Z's best friend), Christopher Walken, Danny Glover, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Anne Bancroft, Jennifer Lopez, John Mahoney, Grant Shaud and Paul Mazursky.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A little kissing between ants, some suggestive dancing and some sexual innuendo and talk about ant procreation.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A battle between ants and monstrous, scary-looking termites leaves many ants dead and termites. During the battle ants climb onto termites and try to impale them with spears, while termites bite the ants and spray lethal acid (we see ants writhing in agony as they get sprayed). A decapitated ant can still talk and wonders what happened to his legs and body. A magnifying glass is used to zap several ants (in a close-up we see one crumble after being burned to a crisp) and fly swatter is used to kill a wasp. Two ants are trapped in a drop of water. The whole ant colony is threatened with extinction as water rushes into their underground tunnels. Ants are shown drinking "beer" by sucking on the body of an aphid (a small louse-like insect). An ant is tortured by other ants, by being punched in the face (his face is bruised). A fistfight breaks out in a bar. A few scuffles and some slapping.

PROFANITY 3 - Several scatological terms, several anatomical terms and a few milder profanities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Conformity vs. individualism, genocide, totalitarianism, teamwork, insect life.

MESSAGE - Conformity is bad, but teamwork is a good idea and can save the day.

Special Keywords: S2 - V4 - P3 - MPAAPG

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