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Mars Attacks! | 1996 | PG-13 | - 3.7.3

A send-up of cheesy '50s sci-fi flicks.

SEX/NUDITY 3 - Kissing, sexual innuendo, butt cleavage, women scantily clad and showing cleavage, a trailer is rocking and a couple inside are moaning (we briefly see thrusting with the man on top, but no nudity other than bare shoulders).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - Lots and lots of explosions, lots of people are shot with Martian weapons which vaporize them into skeletons. Shooting with guns, falls, things fall on top of people and crush them, fistfights and punches, a man is impaled with some blood on his chest, a man is made smaller and then squashed. Many Martian heads explode into green goo. The Martians are gross-looking and twice we see Martian autopsies. A man's finger is bitten off and we see the bloody stump -- and bloody finger as fish in an aquarium nibble at it. A woman is left holding a bloody hand when her boyfriend is vaporized, animals are burned and vaporized, body parts are floating in jars and Martians play with body parts. A dog's head is grafted onto a woman's body, the woman's disembodied head screams and is later seen on the dog's body. A man's head (with bloody stump) is held by wires while his mutilated body (complete with beating, bloody heart) hangs nearby. Two disembodied heads roll around, people fly through the air while the Martians shoot and attack.


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LANGUAGE 3 - A few mild obscenities and scatological references, a couple of anatomical references.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Extraterrestrial life, war, earth's destruction.

MESSAGE - Maybe ETs won't come in peace, so we better be ready.

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