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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

Casper the Friendly Ghost is back and has made friends with psychologist to the ghosts Bill Pullman and his daughter Christina Ricci.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A couple of chaste kisses, a couple of vague sexual references.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Many scenes, played for laughs, where people encounter the ghosts and scream and run away. A man has his head twisted backwards, a car is hit by a demolition ball, the ghosts scream and make scary faces and they chase people (sometimes with weapons). The ghosts contemplate killing a man, a young girl is sent flying down a rail on a trick chair, a woman tries to kill a man with an ax and then tries to run him down with a car. The car crashes into a tree and she falls down a ravine (and dies). A man is tossed out a window. Many pratfalls and tumbles.

PROFANITY 1 - A few mild obscenities, a couple of vague sexual references. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death and ghosts.

MESSAGE - You will be rewarded for your good deeds; sacrificing for someone else what you wanted for yourself is good.

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