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Paranormal Activity [2009] [R] - 4.6.8



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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 couple (Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat) living together discover that something that has been haunting the woman since she was eight is back and seems to be getting angrier. When the man sets up a camera to film what happens while they sleep, their fears intensify. Also with Michael Bayouth. Directed by Oren Peli. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman kiss in bed, we see him bare-chested and it is implied that they have just had sex.
 A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A woman kisses a man's ear. A man and a woman snuggle in bed and kiss each other goodnight in many scenes. A man and a woman hug and he kisses her on the forehead.
 A man asks a woman to do a striptease while he films her (she refuses).
 A woman wears low-cut shirts and tank tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman lies on a bed wearing shorts and a T-shirt. A woman wears short T-shirt that reveals bare abdomen in a couple of scenes. A woman lifts her shirt to reveal her lower bare back and a bruise.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman's foot is uncovered while she is sleeping, something grabs it and drags her out of bed; she falls on the floor and is dragged down the hallway screaming, the door slams, a man follows her, struggles against whatever has her (we don't see anything) and the man and the woman rush back into the bedroom.
 A man is thrown through a doorway and lands on the floor motionless. A man hears a woman screaming from another room, he runs after her, we hear him yelling while she is screaming and then it's silent.
 A woman sits on the floor in what seems to be a catatonic state while holding a crucifix in her hand and she squeezes it so tightly that her hand is bleeding. We see what looks like a bite bruise on a woman's back. We see a woman with a large bloody spot on the front of her shirt.
 We see plants blowing in an empty room, we hear loud footsteps, the cursor piece of a Ouija board begins to move across a board and then it bursts into flames. There is a loud thud against a bedroom wall that startles a man and a woman, and they run downstairs to find the chandelier swinging back and forth. We hear heavy footsteps, a bedroom door slams shut, something pounds on the bedroom door from the outside, a man opens the door and sees nothing, walks through the hallway, and the door slams again behind him. A man hears a loud thud upstairs; he goes to investigate and finds the television on, and the glass on a picture broken and with slashes on the face of one of the people in the photo. A woman wakes up with a start, she breathes heavily, we hear a loud thud in another room, a man goes to investigate, and he finds nothing. A man and a woman wake up and see footprints on the floor next to their bed; they follow the footprints to an attic hatch that has been opened, the man climbs up a ladder to see inside and finds a partially burned photo. A man and a woman hear a sound in the night, they go to investigate and find the refrigerator icemaker making noise.
 A man wakes up to find out that the woman he was sleeping with is gone; he calls out for her, searches the house and finds her sitting outside in a sedated state. A woman gets out of bed, something removes the sheets from the man sleeping next to her, and she walks around to his side of the bed and stands over him for hours. A woman stands in a hallway, paralyzed with fear; she says she feels something breathing on her and we see her hair blowing slightly.
 There are numerous scenes of a darkened room with a man and a woman sleeping in bed; some scenes show nothing out of the ordinary and others show the bedroom door moving slightly, the sheet blowing and uncovering the woman's foot, a shadow on the bedroom door, and footprints appearing on the floor; in other scenes we hear what sounds like heavy footsteps, and the woman gets out of bed and stands for two hours before leaving the room. A woman lunges at the camera while making a snarling noise. We hear a recording of a noise that sounds like a low growling.
 A man comes to a house, he seems agitated when he comes inside and says that something bad is there, and that he has to leave right away. We see photos of a woman on the computer, and we hear that she had been haunted by a demon and that she is dead. A woman describes that when she was younger and waking up from something breathing on her and seeing a mass standing next to her bed. A woman describes her house having burned to the ground when she was young.
 A woman screams, a man runs to her and finds a large spider on the floor (he takes the spider outside unharmed). A woman yells at a man and tells him to get out. A woman yells at a man in several scenes. A man and a woman argue.
 We see etchings of demons and skeletons in a book. A man burns a crucifix in a fireplace.

PROFANITY 8 - About 39 F-words, 2 obscene hand gestures, 10 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, name-calling (insane, fruit, gay, idiot), 1 religious profanity, 16 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man and a woman drink wine.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Paranormal activity, day trading, demons, ghosts, Ouija boards.

MESSAGE - If you've got demons in your house, try not to antagonize them.

Special Keywords: S4 - V6 - P8 - MPAAR

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