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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

A brother and sister (Daryl Sabara and Alexa Vega) discover their boring parents (Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino) are actually spies, but when their parents are kidnapped (parentnapped?), the spy kids must come to the rescue. Also with Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub, Teri Hatcher, Cheech Marin and Robert Patrick. [1:33]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A man pulls a picture out of the inside of a woman's coat. A wife flirts with her husband, whispering in his ear.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Lots of tense action and chase scenes but no blood or gore. There are several "thumb" artificial creatures (their heads and limbs are all made out of huge thumbs): a girl spits special gum on a "thumb" and causes it to convulse as if electrocuted, and drop to the floor; a "thumb" is electrocuted and killed. Two people jump off a cliff but are saved thanks to their parachutes. Planes and helicopters fly over a wedding and people run and jump away; one person lands on a table. A girl kicks a boy off monkey bars; he falls and hits his face on the floor but is fine. A boy throws a dumbbell at a girl and misses (breaks a flower pot instead). A robot twists a girl's arm; then the girl punches the presumably metallic robot and her hand hurts. She then head-butts it, but just falls to the ground and her head now hurts. A man throws another man through a window, a man punches a window out and a man punches another in the face. Several "thumbs" attack a man, busting a wall down and capturing him. A boy pulls a man's leg and knocks him to the ground and a girl flips a man. A man in a car almost runs over a woman but no one is hurt. A car runs off the road over a cliff and into the sea, but then turns into a submarine. Two kids are caught in a high speed boat-like vehicle that's out of control; a boy almost falls into the sea, but a girl pulls him back. Then the vehicle speeds toward the face of a cliff but at the last moment turns into a submarine and goes underwater. A boat runs into another boat, ripping it in half. Two people are kidnapped and tied to chairs in two separate scenes (first with rope and then with colorful chains). A floor collapses twice and people almost fall in. A man lands face-first on a glass floor, and two people fall through a ceiling. Several men are turned into "mutants": they have enlarged, squished faces in gaudy colors; one has extra fingers and hands growing from his head. A man's face is distorted to make him look like a mutant. A boy hits himself in the head with a metal lunchbox and a boy hits both a girl and a man in the head with a lunchbox. Kids throw toys at adults. A man's hand is caught in a ceiling fan (no injury or blood). A man grabs a girl's leg, and a woman is hit and knocked down by a small rocket; her hair catches fire (we see the flames on her head and later she's mostly bald). A girl flies through a window. A plane malfunctions and nearly crashes, scaring the two kids inside. Sharks swim in front of a boat, scaring two kids. A few men fly through a billboard. A plane runs into a mountain and its wings are clipped (no one is hurt). A girl drops a boy several feet (he's not hurt). A robot tackles a girl, and a robot punches a wall and demolishes the plaster; a boy tries to do the same and he just causes himself pain (no injury). A girl grabs a boy by the neck and throws him in the air. We hear several punches and kicks and then see four men on the ground. A man busts through a glass window. People serve gross-looking pig intestines. Two kids swim underwater, through a cave filled with sleeping sharks. A shark wakes up and chases them, with his mouth wide open. At the last moment the kids get away and close a door behind them. A boy says he urinated in the water, and there's talk of a girl wetting her bed.

PROFANITY 2 - Two mild scatological references, and one that starts out as a scatological reference but turned into "shitake mushrooms," several instances of name calling. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Cloning, sibling spats, family, spies, loss of parents, high-speed chases, mutants, kidnapping, evil men, madness.

MESSAGE - A smart and strong family can triumph over a wicked man and his evil mutants any day.

Special Keywords: S0 - V4 - P2 - MPAAPG

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