Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

 
 

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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

Christmas tale about Jack, a skeleton who wants to be Santa, related by puppets.

SEX/NUDITY 0 - None, really. Jack kisses another puppet, once.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - The film is filled with pseudo-scary visuals, but little actual harm is done. For instance: one character has a hatchet embedded in his head, but it might just as well be a hat. The characters are mostly toys, or, could be interpreted as un-dead creatures. Santa Claus is kidnapped and held in a dungeon with manacles. Oogie-Boogie is a creature who appears to be a walking burlap bag. The bag is revealed to be full of bugs. Kinda' gross-looking. Jack, dressed as Santa, is blasted out of the sky with missiles and falls to the ground (he is unhurt). A mad doctor has a skull that flips open to reveal his brain, which he massages. Later, he removes half of his brain to place it in a mate he has created. The heroine, Sally the rag doll, has arms and legs that come off and operate by themselves. She feeds the doctor a soup laced with Deadly Night Shade, a poison, which knocks him out. The instances of "scary" visuals literally number in the hundreds, but they are all of the Charles Addams cartoon-variety.

PROFANITY 0 - None. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Kidnapping, mid-life crisis.

MESSAGE - A little change in routine to shake things up is not necessarily a bad thing.

Special Keywords: S0 - V2 - P0 - MPAAPG

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