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Shorts [2009] [PG] - 1.3.2



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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 mysterious rainbow-colored rock falls from space and endows anyone who finds it with wishes that come true. Selfishness and greed take over most who use it but they all learn a lesson before it's over. With Jimmy Bennett, Kat Dennings, Devon Gearhart, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, William H. Macy, James Spader, Trevor Gagnon, Jonathan Breck and Jake Short. Directed by Robert Rodriguez. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife nearly kiss a few times. A young man and a young woman walk arm in arm. A husband and his wife hug while lying on the ground.
 A boy tells a girl that she must be in love with him. A boy flirts with a young woman in a few scenes. A wife tells her husband that she received his texts that included hugs and kisses. A boy holds a girl in his arms.
 A young woman wears deep cut tops in several scenes that reveal cleavage. A woman wars a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Several boys approach another boy, a girl that's with them threatens the boy, and the other boys lift him up and put him head first into a garbage can. A boy runs away from several bullies who throw rocks at him; when the rocks hit the dirt they seem to explode, throwing dirt into the air, the boy climbs a tree, more rocks are thrown at him and one strikes him in the head (he falls from the tree but we see him OK later).
 A large, green, slimy monster grows in a containment field, and then breaks out and walks through a house threatening people. A man is encased in metal cubes and he turns into a huge robot. A monster picks a boy up and holds him over his head threateningly (he is not harmed).
 A boy steps on rocks in a stream and one moves and turns out to be a crocodile; it saps and chases the boy, other crocodiles join in the chase and they run on two legs. Large snakes surround a boy who has fallen on the ground, and they rear up ready to attack (they do not). A large robot is attacked by a large wasp, a large dung beetle and several crocodiles. A crocodile with its mouth wide open falls toward a small baby (she is not harmed). A pterodactyl picks three boys up, flies with them, and then drops them on the roof of a fortress.
 A tiny alien pounds a boy in the head and the boy falls to the floor. A girl punches a boy in the stomach. A girl punches a boy in the face. A boy hits a girl in the arm. Many people in a room begin to fight, and they grab each other around the throat and struggle.
 A girl races on a rocket bike, crashes into a curb, and is thrown through the air and into a garbage can. A boy is stuffed into a garbage can, head first. A man and a woman on a bicycle roll into a fountain and fall in. A boy tackles a girl, they both fall out of a window, slide down a roof and land on the ground (we see them both with casts on their arms and in the hospital). A man and a woman are grabbed by security guards and forcibly dragged out of a room and the man ends up with a gag on his mouth. A boy slams into a mailbox, and then collapses into a mud puddle (he's dirty but OK). A girl strikes a boy with a purse.
 A girl presses a cold compress into a sore spot on a boy's face (he winces). A man falls when what he is standing on disappears, and he dangles from a ledge (he does not fall). Many small, glowing vessels fly around several boys and run into them causing one to slam into a tree and the others to try to run away. A woman trips and falls on the ground.
 A girl talks about wasps and that the female frequently stings and mauls the males -- we see a video of a male being forced into a hole and the girl calls this "male stuffing." We see a man and his young son wearing biohazard suits and their house and car are covered with plastic and disinfectant is being sprayed all around. A boy and girl have a staring contest that lasts for many days (we see them doing everyday chores and activities while staring unblinkingly at each other). A woman mixes chemicals in a science class and there is an explosion (no one seems to be hurt). A monster is sucked into a canister and we see it locked in a small containment jar.
 A man and a woman become one person with two heads. A boy jumps into a crocodile's mouth and then comes back out covered with yellow goo. A man is shown to have grown to enormous proportions. A boy changes into a dung beetle. A girl changes into a large wasp. A man turns into a huge hot dog and rolls down a street.
 A large rock spins in the air above several people, the people are blown around and it pours down rain very briefly. A large book falls from the sky and lands near three boys (no one is hurt). A fortress pushes up out of the ground close to where three boys are standing. A moat sinks into the ground where three boys are standing. A boy is surrounded by small glowing, swirling alien vessels. A man sledgehammers two devices and they shatter. A boy's arms grow really long and seem to be made of elastic.
 A young woman enters a decontamination chamber and we see germs and bacteria and dust mites on her being zapped. A girl holds a pet fish over her mouth, and then drops it in her mouth (she eventually spits it out). A boy picks his nose and flicks a booger into a laboratory containment field (we hear it splat on the table and we see it). A pterodactyl defecates on a boy's head (we see goo). People dip their hands in slime and we see it is as a clear sticky substance. A boy pushes his hand into a booger monster (we hear squishing) when he is trying to find something. A man uses a nose hair trimmer and we see his nostril stretching. We see tiny alien vessels inside a boy's mouth, cleaning his teeth. A girl feeds herself using her feet to hold the utensils. A boy opens a plastic pouch filled with a liquid and it splashes him in the face. We hear flatulent noises a couple of times. A man panics after touching a germ and washes his hands repeatedly.

PROFANITY 2 - 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (lunkhead, freak, hillbilly teeth, metal mouth, stupid, dork, booger eater, tight face, booger, nose, weirdo, idiot, Dr. Dumb Butt, loogie, loser), several exclamations (shut-up, oh my gosh), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]


DISCUSSION TOPICS - Aliens, wishes, greed, power, imaginary friends, fear, germophobes, marriage, being close, losing touch with loved ones, world peace, obsession, bullying, global warming,

MESSAGE - Power corrupts. If people work together it's amazing what can get done.

Special Keywords: S1 - V3 - P2 - MPAAPG

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