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The Little Vampire | 2000 | PG | - 0.3.1

A young American boy (Jonathan Lipnicki) moves to Scotland with his parents, where he befriends a family of benign vampires. He helps his new friends to find a mysterious amulet that will turn them back into humans. Also with Alice Krige, James Carter, Richard E Grant, Rollo Weeks, Anna Popplewell, John Wood, Pamela Gidley, Tommy Hinkley and Dean Cook. [1:35]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A girl vampire expresses her love for a boy through a romantic poem.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A boy pretends to be a vampire by wearing paper fangs and ketchup around his mouth; he attacks a stuffed animal. A vampire jumps from a cliff toward a boy who is sitting in a bed floating in water (this turns out to be a dream). A boy is roughed up and teased by some classmates a couple of times; he is beaten up and ends up with a bloody nose. Also a boy bites a man's arm. A boy is nearly run over by a big and noisy truck. A vampire boy threatens a human boy by hissing and flashing his fangs, and a vampire boy threatens two boys -- he grows menacing bat ears. A boy and a vampire boy are seen playing on top of a flying blimp; they later fly together while holding hands. We go through some creepy looking woods at dusk and come upon a menacing looking truck with a mean looking "vampire hunter" inside. We see vampires sleeping upside-down in a dark basement (some are inside closed-up boxes or trunks). We see a man and a woman in a tomb which is covered with dust and cobwebs, and two vampire children and a boy enter a creepy dark cave. We see the inside of an empty tomb. A boy hangs from a railing and falls into a tomb which a man quickly closes up. A man hammers down a couple of doors, threatens a vampire boy with a lighted cross, grabs a boy and jumps from a window while holding him under his arm (he lands on an inflated pillow). A bat is attacked by the vampire hunter and is wounded; then we hear the bat being transformed into a weak-looking vampire boy. A wounded bat flies into a boy's bedroom. A vampire boy jumps from a window and falls flat on the ground. There are a couple of scenes of vampires loudly slurping blood from cows; one time a whole family indulges and the mother wipes her son's mouth afterward. We see vampire cows with red eyes sleeping while hanging upside-down; we also see them flying and with exposed fangs. And we see vampires hissing and flashing their fangs in self-defense several times. A man shoots wooden stakes at a vampire family, and a man is attacked by a vampire; we don't see the attack but we see the resulting wound on his neck -- he is later seen as a vampire, having apparently been transformed. A group of vampires is attacked by a man with a light and they begin to smolder. A man who looks dead is pulled out of a truck on a sliding slab (like in a morgue). A man is told to drive a stake through his own son, a man and woman are chased by a mob, and a group of vampires is attacked by a man with a sword. A man and woman punch and kick another man who ends up falling off a cliff (we don't see the fall). A flying cow has a bowel movement and the feces end up on a truck's windshield. A dead mouse is seen a few times -- it's presented as a gift of luck. A fog envelops a group of vampires and they disappear.


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LANGUAGE 1 - One scatological reference uttered in initials. Some mild insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Vampirism, the undead, being from another country and culture, loneliness, lying, friendship, love, schoolyard bullies.

MESSAGE - We can find friendship in the most unusual places -- and with the most unusual people.

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