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My Favorite Martian



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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

In this comedy based on the old television show, reporter Jeff Daniels dreams of achieving fame and fortune by exposing an alien (Christopher Lloyd) who crash-lands on earth and pretends to be Daniel's human Uncle Martin. Elizabeth Hurley, Daryl Hannah, Wallace Shawn, Christine Ebersole, Ray Walston, Steve Bond and Dawn Maxey co-star.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Sexual innuendo. Kissing. We see a man's bare backside, the side of a man's bare backside, and a man who's obviously nude but only his bare chest is visible. Lots of scantily clad women (in bikinis and cleavage-revealing tops).

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Cartoonish violence played mainly for laughs: A man whacks a man in the head with a golf club, a man hits another man in the crotch with a golf club, and a man hits another over the head with a bottle. A fistfight, some scuffles and a face slap. We see few people fall and one explosion. An alien's body literally falls apart with body parts lying around. An alien eats a man whole. A man is electrocuted. Gunshots are fired at a car during a chase scene; a man is shot with a pellet gun and an alien's "suit" is shot. We see a bit of blood on an alien's antennae when it's removed; we also see a slimy alien and a red-tinged alien ectoplasm (it looks bloody).

PROFANITY 2 - One scatological reference and a few mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Aliens, friendship, ambition.

MESSAGE - We might not be alone in the universe.

(Note: A cartoon before the film shows a dog changing shape when alien experiments are performed on him -- it's more comical than violent).

Special Keywords: S3 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG

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