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Journey to the Center of the Earth | 2008 | PG | - 2.4.1

A scientist (Brendan Fraser) has some outlandish ideas that have landed him on the fringes of the academic world. When he discovers a journal from his missing brother he takes his nephew (Josh Hutcherson) and heads to Iceland, where along with a beautiful mountain guide (Anita Briem) they descend to the center of the Earth and discover a world of danger and wonder. Also with Seth Myers and Jean Michel Pare. Directed by Eric Brevig. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A woman kisses a man on the lips, and a man kisses a woman on the lips.
 A woman and a man fall out of a car, she lands on top of him chest to chest and they lay there for a minute to catch their breath.
 A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a couple of scenes.
 A teenage boy calls "dibs" on an attractive older woman and another woman says, "No one gets dibs."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man finds a dead body and buries it under rocks (we see the rock mound). A rope cuts a woman's hands and we see blood.
 Large scary fish jump out of the water, attempting to eat people who use sticks to strike the fish (one fish tries to bite a woman's buttocks). A dinosaur chases and tries to eat people, and man-eating plants attack two people (one person is seen being choked by the plants).
 A woman almost drowns but is rescued. A boy is carried away by the wind.
 A cave opening collapses after an explosion, trapping people inside (no one is hurt). There are several lightning strikes close to humans and lightning strikes a mechanical object causing an explosion (no one is hurt).
 A man falls down the side of a cliff (he is unhurt), a man almost walks off a cliff, a teenager is frightened about rappelling off a high cliff, and a teenager walks across a very high, unstable bridge.
 People ride mine carts through tunnels, crashing and jumping tracks, and are frightened; a man and a woman fall out of a cart and he is slightly hurt and groans.
 There are two explosions and no one is hurt, but people are lifted into the air with one explosion and are scared as they fall. People fall down a volcano tube (they fall very far, screaming, and end up in water).
 A man is struck on the head with a ball. A man knocks over a trophy.
 People talk about a mine disaster in which 81 people died.


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LANGUAGE 1 - Mild name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parental death, romance, scientific exploration, family, believing in oneself, skeptics.

MESSAGE - Sticking together and having faith in oneself will help a family overcome any obstacle.

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