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Insidious [2011] [PG-13] - 2.7.5



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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 moves into an old house after the birth of their third child. Soon afterward, the parents (Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne) find that spirits have possessed the house and possibly affected their older son (Ty Simpkins), who has fallen inexplicably into a coma. The family packs up and moves again, but something still haunts them and they decide to call in a crew of professional ghost hunters. Also with Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Andrew Astor, Chelsea Tavares, J. LaRose and Heather Tocquigny. Directed by James Wan. [1:42]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman hug and kiss several times throughout the film and say, "I love you" to each other. A man and a woman hug and kiss while fully clothed and lying on their bed, on mornings before the man leaves for work, and during several scenes in which they are worried about a son's illness.
 A spirit becomes solid, pushes a woman against a wall, and slowly licks the entire side of her face as she grimaces.
 One woman in two scenes wears a scoop neck top that reveals cleavage. A man wearing a T-shirt and shorts that reach to mid-thigh (revealing parts of his thighs, lower legs and feet) walks through his house.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man shouts obscenities at a woman, slams her into a chair, chokes her (her lips redden), her eyes pop and the scene ends; we later see the dead woman sitting alone, staring open-mouthed and when another woman finds her, she gasps loudly.
 A man is hypnotized to leave his body and enter a netherworld of darkness and mists, we see his body fidget and shudder in his chair several times and we see him in the other world fighting ghosts and demons: the man finds a young boy crying, chained to the floor, the man fights off a demon, picks up the boy, and he runs through a group of ghosts and back into his body (he gasps deeply). Several people fend off ghosts trying to enter a house through the front door, a closet door, and a kitchen drawer (we see only a child's green hand there); they shout and scream and one of the men falls down several times, but no one is injured.
 A séance is held in darkness, while a woman wears a large gasmask attached to a man with a hose and he listens and writes as she whispers words from "the other side": light bulbs flash and things pop and slam as the woman shakes and finally passes out; the words written on the paper include mild obscenities and a plea for help, a comatose boy stands at a table, slaps his hand on it, making furniture and people fly and two men take many pictures of the melee and we later see ghosts in the pictures, standing beside humans. A woman grabs a young boy and tells a spirit to leave his body; the boy crumples to the floor as the scene ends.
 A woman hears a strange man's deep voice over a baby monitor yelling, "Give it to me NOW!" and the baby in the room screams, and stands in her crib alone and hysterical. A woman says she heard a demon say that it wants a boy to possess. A woman sees three ghosts, she screams and cries hysterically and chases one without catching it. A man shouts at the ghost of an old woman at a window (she's peering in at him) to leave him alone; she slides back and disappears.
 There are several instances of a large bloody handprint with pointy claws on a sheet. In one scene, we see two hand marks pressed on a window from outside and the window cracks. We see a tall black shadow with a red forehead and nose and black claws point at a child in a bed.
 Macabre faces appear and peer into the windows of an old house: One face looks like a white mask of Dracula, another is an old woman, a third is a man and a fourth is a woman with a wide grin plastered on her face. Four times we see the face of a humanoid entity with yellow eyes, red forehead, nose and chin, white pointy teeth and black horns. We see a humanoid entity with black tattoo lines over its face as it sticks out a long red tongue and sharpens the claws of its hands on an electric grindstone; its chest and arms have long, thick fur and it has goat hooves for feet.
 We see parents and two teen girls looking like wax figures, and one girl stands in front of the other three seated on a couch (the three look dead although we see no wounds) and the girl holds a shotgun and grins. We see images of people walking slowly in a group with outstretched hands, grasping for a man that walks between them. We see images of people stream out of a closet and into a boy's bedroom where a man and a woman scream and slam them back into the closet. We see photographs in which ghosts appear reflected in windows and a car windshield or are actually standing beside humans. A psychic describes what she sees on the ceiling of a room and a man shows a sketch of it (we see a drawing of a black and red shadow). Mists waft around outside and inside two houses.
 Macabre music plays frequently in the background of the film and we see many unexplained human-like shadows and hear distant noises. We hear noises that include humans and violins screeching, female screams, various snarls and howls, grunts and male shouts, whistling, muffled pop music, heavy breathing like that of a wolf, creaking and door slamming. During the first 20 minutes of the film, a baby cries on screen very loudly and often. In one night scene, a home alarm system sounds with loud, prolonged high-pitched squealing as a man finds his front door open and searches his house.
 A hanging picture goes askew by itself, several doors open and close by themselves, a kitchen drawer slides open unaided, lamps slide off tables and a chandelier shakes to pieces, but no one is hurt. A room shakes as if in an earthquake, lamps fall to the floor and the power goes out amid screams. A woman in an attic sees a wood burning stove light itself up, but does not react to it.
 A boy falls off a ladder and bumps his forehead, we see no damage but the next morning he is in a coma that lasts for months; we see the boy at home in a hospital bed with a heart monitor and oxygen mask attached, along with two IV lines. We see the sick room of a comatose boy after it is ransacked and destroyed off screen -- the furniture is broken and the boy is lying on the floor unconscious with a red hand and claw print on what is left of a sheet.
 A husband and his wife argue about whether ghosts are real. A husband and his wife admit that they are scared. A woman talks about spirits that try to take over human bodies and that spirits can smell an empty body and the worst kind possess a body in order to hurt other people. A woman talks about needing a paranormal investigator. A boy draws several crayon pictures of a black humanoid figure with an eyeless red face and black horns.
 A medical technician explains how she lubricates the end of a nasal feeding tube and inserts it into a nostril (we see her lubricate the tube, but do not see the insertion) and later, we see a narrow tube taped to an unconscious boy's lip and apparently running inside his nose, but see no fluids. A crew of ghost hunters scans a house with multiple pieces of equipment, sensors, cameras and large flashlights several times.

PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 sexual reference, 12 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, stressed, nut-jobs, parasite, bad guy, dog and pony show), stereotypical references to aging and older people, young mothers, children, priests, churchgoers, sci-fi geeks, ghost hunters, psychics, supernatural worlds, ghosts, demons, 8 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Technicians explain to a family that leaking electricity from their old house fixtures can cause visual and auditory hallucinations, just like a drug.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Supernatural beings and events, beliefs, marriage, family, children, courage, fear, responsibility, asking for help, problem solving.

MESSAGE - Do not play with the supernatural; call in experts.

Special Keywords: S2 - V7 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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