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Hey Arnold! The Movie



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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG

Arnold (the football-headed character from the animated Nickelodeon show) and his friends and family live in a small neighborhood in a city where a ruthless businessman has decided he wants to build another mall. Any hope to save the neighborhood is lost and everyone decides to sell to the greedy developer, except Arnold's family. Arnold discovers a sure way to convince the mayor that his neighborhood should be saved and with the help of his friends, they begin the search for a missing document. With the voices of Spencer Klein, Craig Bartlett, Christopher Lloyd, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Paul Sorvino. [1:16]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A girl and a boy kiss. A woman winks at a boy and kisses a boy on the cheek (he promptly faints). A girl professes her love for a boy to inanimate objects, and then to him (she also has a secret shrine dedicated to him). A girl swoons. An elderly woman dances in a tight-fitting dress (we see some cleavage). A person is bathing in a bathtub covered with bubbles. Some potential sexual innuendo: a woman says to two boys "which one of you touched my button," after they push a button at her door.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two men are hit by two boys and the men see stars and fall to the floor moaning. A man punches a man in the face and he sees stars. Two men fight (one with a spatula and one with an eggbeater), one man is doused with pickle juice, he turns green and yells, one man is slammed in the head with a refrigerator door a couple of times and one man has bruises on his arms and eye. A bus is chased by helicopters; it moves recklessly when the driver falls unconscious after jumping an opening bridge, it crashes through a man's cart full of cans and jumps a hole that has been blown in an overpass. Two boys are thrown out of a building and tumble on the sidewalk. A boy dangles by a rope over a sleeping man in order to retrieve a key, which hangs around the man's neck. An elderly woman jumps across rooftops and into a bulldozer where she knocks the driver out and onto the ground, and drives the 'dozer into two other bulldozers knocking them over. Two boys are hoisted high in the air by a net. A boy is hit in the head with a broom. We hear a cat squeal after it is hit by a rock that is shot from a slingshot (we don't see the cat get hit). We see two dead men's legs (one body is on a gurney and the other is in a drawer) and a toe tag on one of them in a morgue. Two boys go into a dark morgue and a man is found sleeping on a gurney covered with a sheet; when he sits up, he looks like a ghost. A bus crashes and tips over with three children and a man inside (they come out unharmed). A man stands on an open shark's jaw and later sits on it and screams in pain. Police raid a block party with trucks full of armed troops and helicopters and civilians scatter and scream in fear. A girl slams a manhole cover down on a boy who is inside the manhole. Soldiers are pummeled by catapulted tomatoes. Two boys run into a girl and knock her down on the sidewalk. An elderly woman does back flips down a hall and we hear her crash into something. A suction cup arrow hits and sticks to a man's head. A woman hits a boy on the head with a bunch of flowers. An elderly woman escapes from jail several times: One time she climbs down a pipe into a sewer and she scares away a rat by hissing at it, one time she pops up in a toilet and startles a person in a tub. An elderly woman handcuffs herself to a door in protest and is seen being carried to a wagon -- she's still attached to the door. A girl yells at a boy, a man yells at and threatens a man, two men yell at each other, a man yells at another man, a man threatens two boys, and a man yells at and punches a video screen. A hole is blown in an overpass and a truck nearly drives into the hole. Dynamite blows up causing a building to crumble, and a wrecking ball crashes into a house causing it to crumble. A group of men plan to blow up bulldozers with dynamite and we see a huge pile of dynamite sticks; also a man talks about having a stash of dynamite. A man has lost part of his leg due to a war injury and we see the prosthesis both on and off his leg (one time he carries it in his hand and we see his pant leg tied off at the knee). A girl is hit in the eye by a bird dropping, a man drools while unconscious. A man slams his fist on a table and spills his drink. A man sets fire to a piece of paper. A dark cloud (looks like a vortex) circles a tall building -- its address is "66613."

PROFANITY 1 - 1 mild anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, and some insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Progress, community, history, greed, taxation, landmarks, revenge, lying, voodoo, civic duty, pity, love.

MESSAGE - It pays to look on the bright side of things.

(Note: People are shown in a bar and they are drinking what is probably alcohol, although one woman drinks milk. Two boys sneak into the bar dressed in disguises.)

Special Keywords: S2 - V3 - P1 - MPAAPG

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