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Small Soldiers | 1998 | PG-13 | - 1.4.3

Toy soldiers are accidentally implanted with top-secret artificial intelligence chips and they decide to destroy a rival toy action-figure line.

SEX/NUDITY 1 - Male dolls make verbal advances toward female dolls.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Dolls attack humans and other dolls in hordes. Humans are hit by darts and nails shot by the dolls, a man is stabbed in the leg with a toy knife and a doll sets a man's pants on fire by shooting a torch. Some toys are destroyed by slamming them onto a wall. Lots of property damage is caused by the dolls shooting various weapons (trees and telephone poles are knocked down and catch fire). A toy car full of dolls explodes destroying them, a doll is electrocuted and dolls are destroyed by a lawn mower. A doll is shown in pieces after an attack. A man punches another man in the face. A boy hangs from a power pole. Some of the dolls look freakish, mean and scary.


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LANGUAGE 3 - About 5 anatomical references, 4 scatological terms, about 10 mild obscenities and several insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Responsibility, computers, artificial intelligence, the military.

MESSAGE - Technological advances can produce monstrous results.

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