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Signs | 2002 | PG-13 | - 1.5.4

A Christian minister (Mel Gibson) who lost his faith is tested when he discovers crop circles in his own corn field. Things become increasingly odd when the domesticated animals in this rural Pennsylvania town begin to get more aggressive, and the townspeople begin to have bizarre experiences. Adding to the mix are cryptic messages the minister's deceased wife left behind. Also with Joaquin Phoenix, Cherry Jones, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. [1:46]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man makes a comment to another man about having, "...your toes licked by beautiful women." A man talks about leaning in to kiss a woman, but stopping when he realized he had gum in his mouth.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - There is a very graphic description of a woman's injuries after being hit by a truck and pinned against a tree. A man hits an extraterrestrial being repeatedly with a baseball bat. A man tries to see what is in a barricaded pantry by using the blade of a butcher knife; a sharp-nailed "hand" reaches out from under the door and the man chops some of its fingers off. An extraterrestrial's skin bubbles and disintegrates when touched by water and we see some "burned" tissue on a dead extraterrestrial's body. An extraterrestrial holds a boy in his arms threatening to kill him with poison gas, and then sprays the gas in the boy's nose. A boy nearly dies from a severe asthma attack. We see a dead dog with a grilling fork in his neck -- a young boy cries over the dog; he apparently killed him after the dog tried to attack his sister -- and a woman pulls the fork out. We hear a dog being killed by something; the dog starts by barking, then whines and whimpers, then becomes silent. The fingers of an extraterrestrial grab the neck of a boy through a coal shaft, and extraterrestrial fingers reach under a door. People are trapped inside a house and we see shadows of something passing by the windows and hear creaking as they walk along the porch; then they begin to pound on the doors and windows trying to get in the house. A man walks into a dark cornfield, hears noises, drops his flashlight and when he picks it up again it illuminates the leg of a strange creature, and the man runs in terror. Two men chase something around a house yelling obscenities and threats. Two men wake up in a start, hear children screaming from a distance, and tear through cornfields to find a little girl and boy standing amidst newly created crop circles. A dog snarls snaps and barks at two children, and a dog barks frantically, snarls and jumps at a man. A man talks about having fallen asleep while driving and hitting and killing a woman walking along the road. People hear strange noises on a baby monitor. Something knocks over a garbage can, jumps onto a roof and darts into a cornfield. We see an illustration of a house being hit by energy rays from a space ship and three bodies lying in the front yard. We see a puddle where a dog urinated on a kitchen floor. A woman talks about another woman spitting on skateboards in a store. There are continuous reports on TV news about crop circles in fields across the world, sightings of UFOs, the potential for an extraterrestrial invasion, many people having been killed by extraterrestrials using a poison gas, and mass-hysteria. A video broadcast on TV shows an extraterrestrial creature (a biped) walking in a street as children watch and scream in fear. A little girl has a "feeling" that something bad is going to happen to her brother. A man talks about leaning in to kiss a woman, but stopping when he realized he had gum in his mouth, and when he leaned over again she vomited. A man yells at his children, and a man has a spot of blood on his shirt.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 1 reference to the "F-word," 7 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 6 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation and some name-calling.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Extraterrestrials, unidentified flying objects, monsters, hoaxes, death of a parent, death of a spouse, the end of the world, nuclear weapons, failure, phobia, fame, luck, coincidence, heaven, miracles, guilt, pranks.

MESSAGE - We should have faith in the possibility of miracles.

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