Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed [2004] [PG] - 3.4.3

 
 

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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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The members of Mystery Inc. return in their second feature film. This time around they are all questioning their abilities as super sleuths, when a museum devoted to their past successes is ransacked and the costumes of their many foes stolen. The press and the citizens begin to turn on them accusing them of being fakes. The only way they can fight the groundswell of negative opinion is to figure out who robbed the museum. With Matthew Lillard, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Linda Cardellini, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Alicia Silverstone. Directed by Raja Gosnell. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss. A woman pauses at the top of stairs in a very tight-fitting red leather jump suit (it reveals cleavage and the outline of her figure) and says to a man who admires her, "Who's your mommy?" A man says to a man, "but we cuddled." A dog and a woman flirt and dance together. Men and women dance in a couple of scenes. A man and a woman admire each other from a distance. Two men open their shirts and reveal their bare chests as a woman walks by. Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage and bare shoulders. Women wear tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens. A ghost/monster's pants fall down and we see his underwear.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Green vapor fills costumes that become ghostly-looking monsters; they assume different forms. A machine begins whirring and ghost/monsters are created: they approach a man and a dog, one blows fire at them, and one shoots a spear gun at them. Two men and two women are covered with liquid tar (we see one woman gasping as the tar approaches her mouth). A ghost/monster screeches, flies around a room snapping and swooping toward people, who run in fear, it is tied with a rope, and it pulls a man and a dog who hold the other end of the rope through the room breaking many things, crashing through glass, and trashing a table full of food. A ghost/monster ship floats through a street, and ghost/monsters begin attacking people in the streets below; a "tar" ghost/monster covers a man with tar, other ghost/monsters chase people through streets, and a ghost/monster vomits on a man's face (we see spew). A ghost/monster laughs loudly and chases a man and a dog, they run screaming, the ghost/monster punches a man in the face several times, and the man falls unconscious. A ghost/monster fights using a sword, with a woman using a spear, and the ghost/monster slashes at the woman, she kicks him in the crotch, and he is disabled momentarily. A ghost/monster fires a spear gun into a van nearly hitting a man and a dog inside, the van reverses and hits a ghost/monster, a flying ghost/monster picks the van up from the front causing the passengers to fall out the back, they hang onto a rug and get dragged along behind the van; a truck approaches and they almost crash, and the flying ghost/monster crashes into a billboard. A man on a motorcycle prepares for a joust with a knight ghost/monster on a horse, they charge each other, and they knock each other down (we see man lying on the ground). Two ghost/monsters are wired together with jumper cables, and they are jolted and blow up. A dog flatulates in the direction of a ghost/monster as he blows fire toward the dog, the fire blows back into the face of the ghost/monster and he is burned up. A woman kicks a lightning ghost/monster and is thrown through the air, and she lands on the ground slightly charred. A ghost/monster tries to hit a dog with a spear. A woman falls through a hole in a catwalk, a man gabs her hand and pulls her back up, and the man is grabbed and taken away by a flying ghost/monster. A lightning ghost/monster (he glows, sparks fly off and has pointed teeth) chases people and hurls lightning bolts at a van. A bolt of lightning shatters a window and sends glass falling onto a crowd of people below. A man with large wings strapped to his arms tries to fly off a tall rock wall, he crashes into the sea below and we hear that he died. Men in a bar look threatening: one has a scarred eye, one has pointed teeth, and they throw a man and a dog through a chute that drops them into a garbage dumpster. A man walks into an abandoned silver mine and plant, a dog and man follow him, they encounter a skeletal ghost (a skeletal body with a skull and one large eye), they run onto an elevator and go down into a mine. Two skeletal ghosts crash together and their pieces fly apart, and they put themselves back together in different combinations (this happens several times). Two skeletal ghosts take their pieces off and throw them at a woman: the skull of one crashes into a wall. A group of people and a dog fall through a trap door, slide down a chute and land in a spherical cage that rolls along a track. A man and a dog slide down a mountain on garbage can lids, two skeletal monsters follow, they hit and bite at the dog, one monster crashes into a tree and breaks to pieces, and the dog slams into a tree. We see clutter and destruction in a museum after it has been robbed. A man uses jumper cables and jolts a pool of slime that becomes animated. A flying ghost/monster flies into the mouth of a tar ghost/monster. An "evil mask guy" (a man in a Darth Vader-like mask, with glowing eyes and a booming voice) appears in several scenes threatening people. A man threatens to tear the eyes out of the skulls of a group of people. A man yells at a man and threatens him. We see many costumes of monstrous creatures: some have red eyes and sharp fangs, others have disfigured faces. A dog hits a man with a microphone. A dog drinks potions in a laboratory and changes into odd shaped creatures (one with tentacles), a man does the same and changes into a woman and then a muscle man. A man and a dog are threatened by a cotton candy ghost/monster and they eat it. A group searches a house for clues: a dog sniffs a pair of boxer shorts and puts them on his head, and a man puts his head in the cone of a Victrola and dust or smoke comes out. A winged ghost/monster swoops through the sky, along subway tracks, through a city skyline, it screeches, crashes through a covered manhole and into a sewer drain. We see a dark and creepy-looking house with bats circling it. Ominous music plays with the opening credits. A man slams his head against a steering wheel in frustration. A man pulls a man's hair thinking it is a wig. Darts are thrown at photos of people and one hits a picture of a man in the crotch. A dog eats a pickle and spits it into a man's drink (the man drinks it not knowing), a man is sprayed in the face with a milkshake, and a man blows something out of his nose. A dog flatulates. A woman's outfit squeaks and makes noises that sound like flatulence. A dog pretends to be foaming at the mouth. A dog says "sniff my butt" to another dog.

PROFANITY 3 - 2 scatological terms (1 mild), 2 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime solving, supernatural creatures, love, friendship, trust, being different, self-confidence, greed, fame, heroism, being afraid.

MESSAGE - Everyone has something they are good at.

(Note: A character appears to take a hit off a Reddy-Whip can. People drink alcohol in a bar.)

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