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Paranormal Activity 2 [2010] [R] - 3.6.5



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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 follow-up to the pseudo documentary thriller about a family that is convinced they have a demon in their house. This time the family is convinced that criminals are breaking in their house and they set up security cameras all over, only to realize that what's been going bump in the night may have a sinister supernatural source. With Katie Featherston. Directed by Kip Williams. [1:31]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman lies in a bathtub filled with water and covered by bubbles (her bare shoulders are visible), she invites her husband to join her and he says, "Let me release the Kraken." A husband and his wife hug and kiss in a few scenes.
 Women and a teenage girl wear low-cut tops and dresses in several scenes, which reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs. A teen girl wears a bikini that reveals cleavage and her bare abdomen while swimming. Two women wear bathing suits and two men wear swim trunks while swimming (bare chests, backs and cleavage are visible).
 A teen boy and a teen girl play with a Ouija board and the teen boy spells out a sexually suggestive term. A woman tells a teen girl that she should be careful with her boyfriend and refers to him as "touchy, touchy, handsy, handsy." A teen girl greets an infant by saying, "Hello brother from another mother."

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man's neck is snapped (we hear the crack and he falls limp onto a sofa).
 A woman is slammed against a wall (we hear the thud, but do not see her injuries). A woman is dragged by the feet out of a room and part way down a flight of stairs, she gets free and runs back up the stairs, she is dragged back out of the room and down the stairs again and into a basement (the door slams and we see her emerge hours later). A man moves through a completely dark house bumping into things and cursing; we hear a toddler cry, we see sharp teeth through an infrared camera, and we hear what sounds like tearing and a commotion (there is no evidence of injury afterward). A man approaches a woman sitting in bed, she grabs him, all the lights go out and other people in the house panic; a large piece of furniture is thrown and a chandelier swings from the ceiling.
 We see a woman wearing a very bloody tank top. We see a woman's thigh with a large bite mark on it (bruised and slightly bloody).
 A toddler in his crib is moved across the mattress and up the railing, he cries and we see him on the floor, opening a door, going downstairs and looking around alone.
 A woman hears noises outside a bedroom window and a loud bang; we see a dead bird the next day and a man disposes it by picking it up with grill tongs (we see the limp creature) and threatening to cook it. A dog barks frantically at something, chases it into a room, we hear it growling as if it's fighting something and we hear a whimper and a thud; a man finds the dog and carries it out of the house to take it to a vet's office (we see the dog limp).
 A pan clangs onto a counter top after falling from a holder hanging from the ceiling; a woman puts the pan back on its hook and it falls off again frightening her. A woman sits alone in a quiet kitchen and all of the cabinet doors burst open (she is frightened and runs out of the room screaming). A teen girl goes outside to investigate a loud noise, finds nothing, but the door slams and locks behind her. A door swings open by itself. A teen girl hears a loud thud in her house, she goes to investigate, she flips on a light and a toy car begins running on its own; she goes to another room and the car starts again.
 A woman hears a loud thud; she runs to get an infant from his crib and walks through the house with burning incense while chanting. A woman walks through a house repeating phrases in Spanish and burning incense -- we hear that she is doing this to drive away "bad spirits." A teen girl wakes up with a start after the television changes channels randomly and she later describes "feeling something was there and calling her name." Several scenes show people investigating noises in a house and they find nothing. We hear odd noises coming through a baby monitor (like scratching and murmuring).
 We see the back of a door that has been scratched (it looks like letters and there's a patch of what looks like blood). We see the inside of a house that was apparently broken into; objects are displaced, tables overturned, glass is broken, etc.
 A teen girl baby-sits a toddler, and a teen boy pounds on a sliding glass door and startles the girl. A toddler wakes up screaming in several scenes. A dog growls while in a toddler's room. A dog scratches frantically at a closed door.
 A man yells at a woman and a teen girl in a couple of scenes. A man yells at a teen girl. A woman yells at a teen girl. A teen girl investigates strange occurrences and reads passages referring to ghosts and demons and haunted houses. A man refers to a ritual a woman does as "weird witchy stuff" and says that she's "slaughtering goats." Two women discuss a break-in and one woman says, "It feels like they are still here." A teen girl talks about liking the idea that there might be ghosts in her house. A woman discusses being scared all the time as a child. A woman describes how another woman was afraid as a child, and that she would cry all the time and didn't sleep. We read that a man was killed. We understand that a teen girl's mother has died. Two women talk about their mother and there is some suggestion of her being mentally unstable. A man says that he cannot get his wife out of bed, and that something's wrong with her. A teen girl screams and yells about something she finds in her toilet (presumably feces, but we do not see anything). A teen girl talks to her baby brother about "making poops all the time." A teen girl tells her baby brother not to "pee on my seat" in her bathroom. A man refers to a woman's "hormones" being out of whack.

PROFANITY 5 - About 9 F-words, 5 sexual references, 10 scatological terms (2 mild), 1 anatomical terms, 1 mild obscenities, name-calling (weird, insane, tool, creepy), 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - We see a cartoon with a beer logo on it, a man holds a beer bottle (we do not see him drink from it), and a teen girl tells her stepmother not to "get too wasted."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Paranormal phenomena, superstition, demons, ghosts, demons vs. ghosts, souls, séances, Ouija boards, fear, house fires, death of a parent, anxiety attacks.

MESSAGE - If you think you have demons in your house, you should move.

Special Keywords: S3 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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