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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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MPAA Rating: PG-13

Based on a graphic novel, Spawn is recruited to fight for evil -- but good forces try to turn him to their side.

SEX/NUDITY 2 - Sexual innuendo (including a masturbation reference). A scantily clad woman.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Scary views of Hell with fires and monsters. A man is doused and set on fire, a man is impaled on a fence, a woman is stabbed and a man's throat is slit. A monster's head is cut off (lots of green blood). A woman is shot in the head with a bit of blood. Many people are shot and killed, usually with automatic gunfire (but usually without blood). Photos of disfigured people and a charred corpse are briefly seen. Spawn is monstrous looking and sometimes looks like the burn victim he is (bloody and charred). Sometimes people and monsters bleed green blood. A man is blown out of a window. Many fights with punches, throwing people around and kicking. Explosions, threatening with guns.

PROFANITY 4 - One F-word derivative, some scatological references, some anatomical references, many mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death, revenge, betrayal, Hell.

MESSAGE - There is always a fight between good and evil.

Special Keywords: S2 - V7 - P4 - MPAAPG-13

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