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Inspector Gadget



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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

Matthew Broderick is transformed into a quirky crime-fighting robot who vows to catch the evil Claw (Rupert Everett) before he takes over the world. Also with Dabney Coleman, Andy Dick, Joely Fisher, Alexander Folk, Michael G. Hagerty, J.P. Manoux, Cheri Oteri, Michelle Trachtenberg and Fred Williamson. [1:15]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A few kisses. We see a man in his boxers with his pants at his ankles (we hear a few women whistling and hooting). A man makes animal noises while looking at a woman's clothed buttocks, which the camera focuses on twice. We see a few women wearing cleavage-revealing tops and we briefly see a woman teaching aerobics in tight, tiny clothing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Mostly played for laughs: It's implied a man is shot by a laser; we later see him on the floor and learn that he has died. A car explodes with a man inside; we later see him in a full body cast, then see him in surgery (nothing graphic is seen, just a few springs and gadgets being lowered into a sheet). A bowling ball lands on a man's hand and presumably crushes it; we later see him using a metal pincher-like prosthesis. A car flips and slides for awhile, then crashes into a billboard that then falls on top of another car (no one is injured). A robot-man's head falls off and is thrown into a river and a robot-woman does back flips off a tall building and is presumably crushed (we see a cloud of smoke rise a few seconds afterwards). A robot-man shoots fire at people and sets a sign and a stack of papers on fire. A robot-man is shot at repeatedly but not hit. A rocket ricochets around a building, nearly hitting several people and knocking one woman out of her chair. Two robot-men fight each other with various gadgets, fall off a bridge into shopping carts and roll down a street. A man is electrocuted while wearing a helmet, a man's nose is pinched with a claw, a man is swung by his feet and then thrown to the ground, a man runs into a rope at neck-level and falls down, a man is thrown across the floor and knocks a few people down. Some slaps and several punches. A robot-man runs through a window and breaks windows with his head two other times. A robot-man's head -- attached to a spring -- crashes through a ceiling, a robot-man is dragged behind a moving car and two robot-men fighting in a car are hit by a traffic light and knocked to the ground. A robot-man and a woman dangle from a helicopter and then fall, managing to land softly in a fountain. We see a shot of a city exploding and burning and see lots of people running chaotically as a robot-man shoots fire bombs and chases them. We see a robot foot a few times, and also see a man try to shove it into a toilet. A dog rips off a man's boxer shorts from underneath his pants, a spider crawls out of a robot-man's mouth and onto another's arm, a cat drinks from a coffee mug and belches. A few instances of threatening with guns. Lots of reckless driving and some car crashes and chases.

PROFANITY 1 - What could have been a mumbled mild obscenity and some mild name-calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Robots, technology, crime-fighting, death, greed.

MESSAGE - Determination and technology can help you catch the bad guys.

Special Keywords: S2 - V4 - P1 - MPAAPG

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