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Paranormal Activity 3 [2011] [R] - 5.6.6



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The third installment of the Paranormal Activity series shows the backstory, which concern two sisters (Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown) as they befriend a ghost in their home and the chaos that follows. Also with Christopher Nicholas Smith, Lauren Bittner and Katie Featherston. Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman. [1:25]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman discuss filming themselves having sex and we see the woman being filmed by the man; she is wearing an oversized shirt, she lifts her shirt and we see her brief-style underwear, the man and the woman are both seen being filmed as they kiss passionately, the man grabs the woman's breast and buttocks, they continue kissing passionately, the man kisses the woman's chest through her shirt, she removes the shirt and straddles him (she is shown wearing a bra and brief-style underwear) and they are interrupted by an earthquake.
 A woman and a man watch a video of them kissing passionately, we briefly see the woman straddling the man in the video and she instructs him to erase the video of them having sex. A young man asks a man if he and a woman had made a "sex tape" when he sees a glimpse of a man and a woman kissing passionately on film.
 A woman leans over and kisses a man lying next to her in bed. A man remarks to a woman that her mother does not let them sleep in the same bed; we then see them climbing into a twin-size bed together. A man and a woman are seen sleeping next to one another in bed in several scenes. A man films a woman, she shouts and slams a door and it is implied that she was nude (no nudity visible).
 On multiple occasions we see a woman sleeping in an oversized shirt and no pants (no nudity is visible).

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A young man and a girl stand in darkness in front of a mirror, they both chant to bring a ghost, we hear a scuffle and thump and then hear the young man shout; the light is turned on and the young man lifts his shirt to show a bloody claw mark down his torso and the girl begins to cry (the young man later tells a man that it felt as though there was a "claw in his chest").
 A man discovers a woman floating in mid-air at the top of a stairway and the woman launches her body off the stairs and hits the man (we hear the crunch of bones and later see the woman's body lying at the bottom of the stairs, presumably dead).
 A man crawls toward the dead body of a woman, another woman lifts her hand and the man's body twists, his head and back bend backwards, and we hear the crunch and snap of bones as he collapses on the floor, dead.
 A girl kneels next to the lifeless body of her mother, the girl turns her head, her eyes and mouth are dark and an unseen force knocks a man approaching her backward; he knocks over a lamp and we see him crawling with his foot turned completely backwards (obviously broken).
 In the bedroom of two girls, an unseen force lifts up a blanket on a sleeping girl's bed and we see electronics turn on, objects flap in the wind and a toy falls from a dresser; the unseen force then rips the blanket from the girl's bed, the girl wakes up and walks to a stairwell, she is slammed to the ground, runs back to her bed, the bed flips around, the girl is dragged away by the unseen force and moments later she runs and jumps into bed with another young girl while both girls scream. A girl is lifted by her hair into the air by an unseen force; she screams and tells a woman that a ghost had pulled her hair.
 A girl stands against a door and a young man stands behind her bracing the door shut, as we hear growling and the sound of objects shaking and hitting the ground; the young man briefly opens the door and we see a shadow go by and then a table and chairs flip over (the girl cries in panic and the young man tries to calm her down but is also visibly shaken). A man and a young girl stand inside a closet, and we hear panting, growling and what sounds like objects being thrown around outside the closet; the man opens the door and a shadow flickers across the room. A woman enters a room, all objects from the room are missing and moments later they crash to the ground and the woman screams and runs away. A young girl pulls back her hand quickly and looks scared; a man asks why she is frightened and the young girl tells the man that she had accidentally touched an unseen ghost and he did not like it. A girl walks into a small crawlspace, the door slams behind her and she screams; moments later the girl jumps out of the crawlspace and a young girl warns her that a ghost had closed the door on her because she was teasing him.
 A young woman approaches a camera, we see her looking at something off camera, a burst of air hits her and she screams, looks terrified and clamps her hands over her mouth. A figure under a sheet stands unseen behind a young woman and then the sheet collapses on the ground. A man is terrified when he turns on the light in a garage and sees eerie women milling around; the man quickly runs away and locks the door in a house as the women slowly follow him. A man and a woman awake with a start after hearing a sound, we see the man search for the sound and a shadowy figure is seen standing behind him. A man is startled when after he goes to investigate a noise, and he turns around and sees a young girl standing behind him. A woman has her hand in a food disposal and she is startled when a lamp falls from the ceiling; she is unharmed. As a room shakes from an earthquake, we see dust gather on an unseen shape in the room and the dust explodes in a puff moments later. A mirror eerily waves and buckles; it is not seen by a woman sitting a few feet away on a bed. A man and a young man are visibly shaken after watching footage of a young woman being startled by a burst of air and seeing a figure under a sheet disappear as it stands behind a young woman. A man and a young man scream after the man opens a closet and a woman wearing a mask leaps out; the man is shaken but moments later recovers.
 A young girl is seen lying on a sofa, and a woman tells a man that the young girl is sick and they need to take her to the hospital; we later see a young man and a girl discussing how the girl had a very high fever and was sick (she is later seen fully recovered).
 A young girl cries as her sister teases her, and we hear their mother shouting at them to stop fighting. A young woman jokingly teases two girls; she has a sheet over her head and acts like a ghost. A young man and girl are in a dark bathroom, they chant in an attempt to bring out a ghost and the young man teases the girl.
 A man narrates as he films a house, we see broken glass on the ground and a man warns a woman to not step on the glass; things have been thrown on the ground, we see a woman and a man tells her that he had told the police their house had been broken into.
 The ground shakes and we see a picture fall off a wall, interrupting a man and a woman as they kiss; the woman shouts for her two children and the house shakes. A young woman jumps in front of a camera and shouts "Boo!" to surprise the camera.
 A man begins to tell a woman about research he had done, saying that a coven of people would take girls and prepare them to be wed; the man is cut off before finishing his story. A young girl tells a man that she would not be safe if she disclosed secrets that she and an unseen ghost share. A man shouts at a woman. A man discusses an earthquake. A man asks a young man if he had stolen books from a library, and the young man says he had because he does not have a library card. A man jokingly tells a woman that he had almost defecated when she scared him. A man teases a young man, saying that he had found a picture of the young man's sister and her friends while he was looking through a book about "outer worldly creatures."
 A man films a young girl wiggling her loose tooth back and forth in her mouth with her tongue and the tooth flips completely forward. While a man films a baby's room we see a stuffed animal in a crib, covered in a drop cloth, and the man jokingly narrates that the stuffed animal is in a "decompression chamber" and being "deloused."
 A girl hits a piñata multiple times, and she continues to beat it as it lies on the ground; a woman tells her she can stop hitting the piñata. Two girls playfully throw foam balls at a man while he tickles them. A young woman playfully tickle-attacks a girl who laughs.

PROFANITY 6 - About 16 F-words and its derivatives, 1 sexual reference, 8 scatological terms (1 mild), 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (crazy, MacGyver, baby, nuts, ridiculous, obsessed), exclamations (gosh, shut up), 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man films a woman as she smokes a marijuana cigarette, they discuss how she is smoking marijuana and she is later seen acting intoxicated.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Ghosts, things that go bump in the night, wedding videos, death of a parent, primal fear, demons.

MESSAGE - Do not disturb ghosts.

Special Keywords: S5 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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