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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil | 2019 | PG | – 3.4.1

content-ratingsWhy is “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “intense sequences of fantasy action/violence and brief scary images.” The evaluation includes a few kissing scenes and several cleavage revealing outfits; many scenes of armed attacks leading to death on and off-screen with some bloody wounds shown, and while the planned mass murder of woodland creatures is halted many creatures do die; and discussions of war and peace and some name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

Taking place five years after Maleficent, the misunderstood Dark Fay (Angelina Jolie) has raised her human goddaughter Aurora (Elle Fanning) to become Queen of the Moors. When Aurora accepts a marriage proposal from Prince Philip (Harris Dickinson) hoping to unite their two kingdoms, she doesn’t realize that Phillip’s mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) may not actually be supportive. Also with Juno Temple, Ed Skrein, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Imelda Staunton. Directed by Joachim Rønning. [Running Time: 1:58]

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A winged woman wakes up and we see her wings wrapped around most of her body and we see her bare shoulders (with small wing sprouts on the flesh), bare abdomen and legs to the thighs; a gauze fabric is wrapped around her chest and reveals the outline of her breasts, as well as cleavage and the possible shadow of a nipple. A winged woman’s costume seems to be a strategically placed second skin covering parts of her breasts and nipples and revealing cleavage and part of her abdomen and back. A woman wears a gown that has a mesh inlay cut across her cleavage and down her abdomen that is flesh toned. Several winged women are shown wearing outfits that reveal cleavage, bare abdomens and bare legs to the upper thighs. Two fairies wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes throughout the movie. A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. Several winged men are shown with bare chests and abdomens. A young man’s shirt hangs open revealing part of his bare chest.
 A young man and a young woman kiss and embrace in a couple of scenes. A young man proposes marriage to a young woman, she accepts and they kiss. A wife kisses her husband briefly while he is unconscious. A young woman kisses a young man on the cheek.
 A young man holds a young woman around the waist. A winged woman tells a young woman, “I’ll see you at the christening” and winks at her; the young woman giggles and she kisses her husband. A woodland creature kisses another woodland creature on the cheek.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil VIOLENCE/GORE 4

 – A winged woman is shown with large horns, severe cheekbones and shoulder bones, claw-like appendages on her wings and glowing eyes. Several characters have large wings and horns. Large tree creatures have deep rumbling voices. A raven transforms into a man in a dark cloud in a few scenes, and then back to a raven again.
 Two men are snatched up by tree roots and held in the air as large horned and winged beings are seen nearby: we hear one man scream off-screen (presumably being killed; we hear that both men were found dead later). A woman shoots an arrow that strikes a winged woman in the back; we see her disintegrate and burst into ash as a young woman screams and cries. A fairy sacrifices herself by flying into the pipes of an organ that emits deadly powder into a room filled with woodland creatures; we see her struck by the powder and she disintegrates and blocks the pipes. A small creature is pulled out of a glass jar by a man, and it wriggles and tries to get away until the man sprinkles a powder on it that makes it disintegrate. Many woodland creatures are locked in a church and a powder is released into the air that causes them to disintegrate (we see several disappear in a cloud of dust and large tree-like creatures freeze and grass grows through their eye sockets. A man is stabbed in the arm with a spindle containing a curse and he collapses. Many winged people fly toward a castle and guards prepare to fire on them with a powder weapon that causes them to disintegrate (we see many struck and they disappear); some of the winged people pick up humans or crash into them and we hear screaming while other winged people are caught in large nets. A winged woman emits several blasts of energy through an area where winged people and humans are fighting and throws the people through the air (presumably killing them). A winged man is shot in the shoulder (we see the hole in his arm); another man holds a sword to his neck and we hear sizzling as the flesh on his neck turns grey. A woman throws a young woman off a roof and runs away; the young woman falls screaming but is snatched out of the air by a phoenix that crashes to the ground (they are both OK).
 Armed guards in a forest shoot at two winged people: one is struck and falls to the ground dying and the other conjures a shelter from tree roots and vines while other winged creatures kill the guards (we hear yelling and squishing and two guards are thrown high into the air; no blood is evident). A woman on a rooftop shoots a winged woman as she flies away and we see a spray of green light (like blood); the winged woman falls out of the sky and crashes into water, falls over a waterfall and we see her sink underwater where a winged man retrieves her and flies away with her. A winged woman is shown with a bloody wound on her abdomen. A woman climbs up the mechanism of a pipe organ in a church and when she misses her footing, she falls over the balcony (presumably dying). A young woman climbs down a rope of fabric and falls through a glass door crashing onto the floor inside (we see her with bloody cuts on her face). A young man jumps off a roof and glides to the ground on a banner followed by a guard and they fight briefly before a winged man throws the guard off the young man. A young woman is thrown into a room and she slams onto a table as guards lock the door. A man is tackled by many guards until he transforms into a bear with a raven beak and throws them off his back.
 A giant phoenix flaps its wings, which are seen to have bursts of flames within them and it roars loudly. A raven transforms into a man mid-air, and crashes to the ground and into a line of shrubs. A winged woman becomes angry and throws guards using a blast of energy; a man at a table stands and collapses to the floor as another woman blames the winged woman for putting a curse on him (the man is placed in a bed where he remains unconscious), and the winged woman flies out of the room crashing through a glass window. A woman is wrapped in vines and she falls through them until she crashes onto the ground (she spits out dirt but seems OK). A woman is transformed into a goat and bleats loudly.
 A rope is launched across a river and men in small boats pull themselves across; they walk through a dark forest, and one man climbs on the back of another man to reach into a space in a tree where he catches a small woodland creature that bites him on the hand as he tucks it into a satchel. A small woodland creature is chased through a castle by a cat and it falls through a vent and onto the table, where a man picks it up and puts it into a glass jar. A winged man is laid on the ground and surrounded by other winged people as he dies; the ground glows as they each touch it.
 A woman holds a crossbow, throws it to another woman and it discharges an arrow into a statue. A winged woman touches a fork made of iron and we hear a sizzle (we hear that she is allergic to the metal). A woman recoils at the smell of fresh flowers in a young woman’s hair and she says that she is allergic. Several scenes show a laboratory of sorts with a variety of woodland creatures being held in glass jars. We see a large crate containing a variety of weapons. A man gives his son his sword as a gift. A woman twists a mannequin’s head and a secret passage opens; she walks through a dark walkway and we see people smelting iron ammunition.
 A man stands very near a winged woman and sniffs her saying, “You reek of human,” and she becomes angry and throws him with a blast of energy into a rock wall. A winged woman wraps a cat lunging toward a man in a force field, and then releases it and the cat screeches and runs away. A winged woman conjures a bridge made of tree roots and vines that she and two others use to walk across a river; people on the other side scream and run in fear and we see some of them holding pitchforks.
 Two winged men argue about going to war with humans and other winged people chant and cheer. A winged person talks about killing the king and queen and their young prince. A winged woman swoops through the air and small creatures are blown through the air by the force of her wings. A winged woman flicks her fingers toward three fairies and they are thrown off-screen. Three fairies flit through the air and crash into a tree (they are OK). A young woman falls into a shallow creek (we see her soaked but unharmed). Winged children are pushed off a cliff in order to learn to fly.
 A reference is made to a baby having been cursed to sleep and never wake. A woman talks about a young woman’s father having died and asks, “Did he die or was he killed?” A man says to guards outside a castle, “Anyone leaves their post, gets hang.” A young woman tells a large tree creature that they are not allowed to “crush humans.” People talk about a “powerful fay protector of the moors.” A character is referred to as, “The killer of men and destroyer of armies.” A king announces, “Our days of war are over.” A woman with fangs awkwardly practices social greetings. A woman tells another woman to tell her, “Tell me she’s dead.” We hear that a small group of winged people went into hiding. References are made to a “Tomb Bloom” and that it grows on the graves of fairies. A character proclaims, “No more fairies.” We see scars on a man’s back and a young woman says, “She took your wings.”
 We see a roasted pig’s head with an apple in its mouth on a large dining table. Small birds are served to dinner guests, one of whom is a man that can be transformed into a raven and he recoils. A creature throws something at another creature (maybe mud) and we hear it splat on its head.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil LANGUAGE 1

 – Name-calling (villain, fairy tale, savages, weak, your kind, evil witch, monster, traitor). | profanity glossary |

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil SUBSTANCE USE

 – People are served and drink wine at a dinner celebration.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Fairy Tales, curses, war, family, true love, greed, tolerance, civility, legends.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil MESSAGE

 – Striving for peace is a worthy endeavor.


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