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Artemis Fowl | 2020 | PG | – 0.4.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Artemis Fowl” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “fantasy action/peril and some rude humor.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many scenes of fighting between humans and fairies, a troll and humans, goblins and a dwarf, and between factions of fairies with a couple of near deaths but no visible injuries, and some mild language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s novel about a 12-year-old genius (Ferdia Shaw) whose father (Colin Farrell) is abducted by a mysterious villain that demands an object that holds immense power in exchange for his safe return. The teenager has to figure out how to find the object in the hidden, magical world of fairies, goblins, trolls and dwarves. Also with Josh Gad, Lara McDonnell, Judi Dench, Gerard Horan, Nonso Anozie, Joshua McGuire, Nikesh Patel and Tamara Smart. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. [Running Time: 1:35]

Artemis Fowl SEX/NUDITY 0

 – A man opens his shirt and we see his bare abdomen briefly. We see a man’s boxer shorts when the seat of his pants blows open when he is digging.


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Artemis Fowl VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A giant troll is lowered into an area where fairies and humans are fighting: the troll is used as a battering ram to open the door of a building and it crashes through the inside and through a wall, throwing a fairy that gets stuck in a chandelier; the troll breaks and throws furniture and other items, a pre-teen girl hits the troll in the face with a stick, the troll is poked by the horns of a bull statue, the troll throws two men and they land on a flight of stairs uninjured, and the troll chases a pre-teen boy and a pre-teen girl and the boy shoots him (without much impact); a boy jumps out of an upstairs room and swings from a chandelier, a man jumps from the same room and crashes to the floor below (he seems hurt but we see no injuries), the troll swings from the chandelier, then falls to the floor below crushing a man under him, and the man briefly dies later (a fairy revives him with a magic jolt to the chest). A bound man in a cave cell is threatened by his captor and we see him dying as what looks like splinters of metal move up his body to cover his mouth and face as we hear him gasp (we think he is dead but see him alive later).
 A man and a boy shoot weapons and fight with fairies when they attack them: we see many fairies thrown and struck (no blood or injuries are seen). A giant troll with giant fangs stomps into a square where people are gathered for a wedding; the troll picks up a little girl and nearly eats her, but a fairy swoops in and rescues her, the troll continues to move through the square hitting people and throwing people, decorations and furniture around while people scream, the fairy wraps the troll up with string lights until a “time freeze” is deployed (it’s like a force field), the people’s memories are wiped and the troll is taken away. A goblin holds a flame in his hands and threatens a man with it; the goblin inhales the flames and the man plugs his nostrils causing the goblin’s head to explode (we see a blast of flames) and other goblins in the area are knocked down from the blast. Many fairies are thrown around in and out of an area when a time-freeze breaks up with a large explosion and flash (we see no injuries, but we hear yelling and see their appearance stretch out of shape briefly).
 A character clothed in a dark, hooded outfit with a dark cloth covering the face speaks with a mechanized, robotic voice in several scenes; the character calls a pre-teen boy and threatens the boy’s father, and threatens another character to spy or die. A fairy tries to fly away and she is shot out of the sky by a tranquilizer dart; we see the fairy locked in a cage later. A fishing boat is thrown into the air and the fisherman is thrown out of the boat; we later see a fairy help the man and his boat back to the water without incident. A fairy punches a pre-teen boy in the face and he falls to the floor (no injuries are shown). Several armed fairy guards march toward another fairy.
 A character is shown in a few scenes, stretching out his mouth and jaw to unnatural proportions before digging in the ground; as he digs, dirt sprays out from his boxer shorts (blowing a hole in them and his pants). A character opens his mouth wide, reaches down his throat and pulls out a tracking device. A man unlocks a safe and uses his animated beard and mustache hair to unlock a second level security system. A character burps loudly after digging and crashing through a wall where a portrait hangs. A character eats a powerful weapon and we see it glowing in his abdomen.
 A man is pulled out of a car and taken by police to an interrogation facility for questioning. A man is shown being held in a cave cell with his hands bound over his head and to the ceiling. An interrogation facility is shown to be metallic cubes on pedestals in the ocean. Many fairies and other creatures move through a train station and we see guards wearing protective helmets moving nearby as a row of dwarves with electronic handcuffs on are led to a train car. A man is pulled out of an interrogation cell by a helicopter flying overhead and lowering a ladder through a window.
 A man pickpockets a fairy guard and they argue briefly. A character is sentenced to 400 years for theft. A fairy and a pre-teen boy argue in a few scenes; the fairy says, “You are so dead” to the boy and a man later. A fairy talks about destroying mankind. A fairy negotiates with a pre-teen boy to release another fairy.
 Dark clouds and large waves roll toward a building and many armed fairies surround the area with guns drawn. A pre-teen boy surfs on rough waves and we see him flip off the board at one point (there are no injuries). A preteen boy skateboards through woods and jumps over a small ridge. A man teaches a pre-teen girl how to fight while they wear metal framed masks and use long sticks to hit each other. A man rolls off an awning after a troll attack and crashes onto a table (we do not see any injuries).
 We hear about a fairy having been ambushed and killed. We hear in a news report that a man’s yacht was discovered empty and that the man is missing; the man’s pre-teen son hears the news and drops a bottle of milk on the floor shattering it as he yells. We hear about a powerful weapon that if used by a human will kill them. We hear about a war between humans and fairies. A centaur jokes and says to a teen girl, “Rest in pieces,” as he closes her into a capsule that is launched to the Earth surface, where she is ejected, spreads her own wings and flies through the sky. We hear that dwarves cannot resist finding a treasure and that their special skill is digging.
 We see what is identified as a civilization near the center of the Earth and we see molten magma streaming. We see a room filled with jars and samples that are identified as “relics from another world” that hold secrets and clues. We see the skeletal remains of an animal on the ground, from a distance.
 A man tells a pre-teen boy, “Your father would kill me.” We hear TV news reports about daring museum thefts of relics. Press coverage of a story is termed “a media frenzy.” We hear discussions of criminal activity. A man asks a pre-teen boy about his parents and the boy becomes annoyed and storms out of a school office. A man and his pre-teen son hug goodbye and the boy becomes upset that his father is leaving. A giant dwarf pleads with a fairy to make him small like the others.


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Artemis Fowl LANGUAGE 1

 – Name-calling (crazed fairies, thief, ridiculous, butler, con artist, short, ignorance, fairy godmother, thieving father, maverick), exclamations (shut-up, bingo, son of a…, knock it off), 2 religious exclamations (Holy Moly, Gods Alive). | profanity glossary |


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Artemis Fowl SUBSTANCE USE

 – None.


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Artemis Fowl DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fairies, goblins, dwarves, myths, fantasy, gifted children, respect, legends, heroism, anonymity, peace, trust, revenge, friendship, breaking rules.

Artemis Fowl MESSAGE

 – Cooperation and friendship can accomplish the task at hand.

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