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Sonic the Hedgehog | 2020 | PG | – 1.3.2

content-ratingsWhy is “Sonic the Hedgehog” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “action, some violence, rude humor and brief mild language.” The evaluation includes a few kisses and handholding, and a few cleavage revealing tops; many scenes of a small creature being threatened with being blown up or shot and discussions of people dissecting him if they catch him, a scientist uses his discoveries and advanced technology for evil purposes, a few fight scenes, and many threats of violence; and some mild language and name-calling. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”

Based on the SEGA video game franchise: When a super speedy space creature (voiced by Ben Schwartz) arrives on Earth, he tries to stay out of sight but an energy spike leads government agencies headed by Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to track him down and try to uncover his secret powers for fiendish purposes. Also with James Marsden, Adam Pally, Tika Sumpter, Neal McDonough and the voice of. Directed by Jeff Fowler. [Running Time: 1:39]

Sonic the Hedgehog SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A husband and his wife hug and kiss a few times. A husband and his wife snuggle on a sofa together while watching a movie.
 A man makes a remark about a woman having taken a lover. A woman says that her sister told her to check her husband’s phone for dating apps.
 A woman does yoga wearing a cleavage revealing top and tight-fitting pants and poses on her hands and knees with one leg pulled up high behind her. A woman wears low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. A small creature sits up in a duffle bag and we see a pair of jockeys on his head as he complains of the smell.
 Men and women in a bar line dance. A man dances and thrusts his hips briefly.

Sonic the Hedgehog VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – A small creature is shot at by several people with bows and arrows and a large owl picks the creature up and flies away with him; the owl is struck by an arrow and falls to the ground (no injuries are shown), and the creature runs through a portal that takes him to a different place as the owl stands guard and is presumably killed by the bow and arrow wielding people. A drone shoots at a man and a small creature in a house and we see holes blow open in the walls (no injuries are seen); the creature jumps on the drone and spins around with it (he says, “I’m gonna puke”) until the man hits it out of the air with a bat and the man and the creature speed away in a car. A small creature speeds through streets and bounces off buildings while being chased and shot at by a man in a flying vessel (we see blasts hit walls of buildings and the street, and the creature is unharmed). A small creature is shot and falls to the ground where his colors seem to fade.
 A man in an armored and weaponized vehicle chases a man and a small creature in a car: the large vehicle shoots a harpoon through the window of the car and pulls it by a cable on a winch to try to catch them, the creature curls into a ball, glows and rolls into the large vehicle and causes an explosion that disables it; a smaller vehicle emerges and continues the chase shooting explosives that disable a vehicle on the road ahead of them (it spins to a stop with no injuries to the occupants), a smaller vehicle rolls next to the first vehicle and tries to cut its tires (the man in the car hits it with a bat and crushes it), a smaller vehicle flies next to the first car and cuts its roof off, and finally a small explosive blows up and throws the man and the small creature (they are thrown but are OK later). A small creature pushes a man in a flying vessel through a portal that takes him to a mushroom planet with no other visible life.
 Three men threaten a man and a small creature in a bar and the creature hits one man in the head with a beer bottle several times (there’s no effect); a bar fight breaks out and we see people punching each other, head-butting each other and a creature stops time to set up how all of the participants will end up incapacitated after he starts time again (we see a man with a tooth knocked out, many beers are spilled and tables are upturned, a man’s underwear is pulled out from his pants and they slap back against him causing him to yell, a man’s knit cap is pulled over his eyes, people’s faces are painted with ketchup, two men are completely wrapped with toilet paper, and a mounted bear’s head is put on a man’s head). Two men fight with face punches and other people standing nearby threaten one of the men with a chainsaw and a gun. A man punches another man hard in the face and he falls to the floor unconscious. A man puts his fingers in another man’s mouth while yelling at him. A man tells another man to pin himself against a wall and he does so while the first man yells at him. A man is thrown through a plate-glass window (just after it was replaced) and another man is slammed in the chest and throat and he falls to the floor gasping. A man in a flying vessel launches many drones that arm their weapons and surround a small creature, a man and a woman on a balcony on a tall building and the small creature pushes the people off the edge and they fall screaming and land in a hay mound in a barn unharmed. A man in a flying vessel chases a small creature for an extended time.
 A turtle moves slowly across a road and an oncoming car nearly crushes it, but a small creature speeds across the road and carries the turtle to safety; the creature runs with the turtle and accidentally drops it (we see it sailing through the air) but then speeds back to catch it (there are no injuries, but we see the turtle trembling later).
 A man is caught in a trap and dangles upside down from his ankle hanging from a tree. A man puts a sedated creature in a cage and he opens the door and walks out when he regains consciousness. A small creature is zipped into a duffle bag and people nearby are alarmed thinking that there is a child in the bag.
 Many drones fly through the air and into a forest where they collect data while a man tries to track down a creature. Many drones fly through a house and scan for a small creature that hides in an attic, but panics and rolls down the stairs when they get too close (no injuries). A car is shown with a banged up bumper and side panel after a small creature drives through traffic (we hear horns blaring and people yelling).
 A small creature speeds around a baseball diamond digging a trench in the ground and he glows and flashes electric bolts causing an energy blast that knocks out the power in a town. A small creature is thrown off a mechanical bull when it is turned up to buck very fast. A man is shown with a bruise on his cheek. A woman faints when she sees a small creature. A man runs from a projected dinosaur chasing him and pretends that it bites his head off. A woman puts smelling salts under a creature’s nose and he wakes up with a start and speeds around the room briefly. A woman is shown tied to a chair with ropes for several scenes and she says she has to go to the bathroom.
 A man threatens another man with death. The phones in a police station ring incessantly with people asking about a power outage and a deputy panics not knowing what to do. A man finds a small creature and they both scream at each other. A man accuses another man of mocking him for being an orphan. A man makes a remark about having a colonoscopy. A creature yells at a man, saying, “You shot me.” A man tells a small creature, “The government wants to dissect you and arrest me. We are fugitives from the law.” Government and military officials discuss the cause of a power surge that caused a widespread outage and mention an EMP or solar flares as a possible cause. A man threatens another man and says that he exacted revenge on a boy in school leaving him needing to eat his lunch through a straw for a year. A man says, “I’m not in the mood to get probed” after finding a small creature and asking if his mothership is coming for him. A man makes a remark about another man “spitting up formula.” A man talks to a rock in the shape of a human head and laughs maniacally.
 A man loads a tranquilizer gun to use on raccoons, but accidentally shoots a small creature in the leg and he collapses after opening a portal and dropping something through it. After having been sedated, a small creature falls to the floor from a counter because his legs are still numb.
 We see a bar where people drink beer and dance and a few people arm-wrestle and ride a mechanical bull; two men head-butt each other with helmets on. A small creature runs back and forth in front of a police officer with a radar gun that tracks him at 300 mph. A woman throws her drink in a man’s face after he bumps into her on a dance floor. A small creature crashes into a large owl. A creature speeds across a land bridge and it collapses (there are no injuries). A police officer on speed trap duty accidentally hits himself in the face with the speed gun (there are no injuries). A small creature accidentally hits himself in the head with a nunchaku.
 Two raccoons dig in trashcans for food and a man shoos them away. A man finds a blue tine amongst brush on the side of a road and picks it up. A raccoon eats from a cake on a counter. A small creature is shown covered with seaweed and a fish lies across his head after he ran to the ocean. A small creature says, “I feel sick” after riding a mechanical bull. A small creature flatulates loudly and a man tells him to check his fur. A man touches a tine from a creature’s fur to his tongue and it shocks him (he’s OK). A dog licks a small creature on the face and the creature giggles.

Sonic the Hedgehog LANGUAGE 2

 – 2 mild scatological terms, 1 mild anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (dirty, gross, smelly, donut lord, pretzel lady, crazy Carl, trash bandits, imbecile, weirdo, space case, psychological tire fire, freak, hungry little monkeys, basic, funny, major nobody cares, useless, creepy, fool, Mr. egg man, stupid, dumb, hipsters, terrorist, tough guy, space rodent, robot with a doctorate, silly little alien, lame, magnet for danger, dude, very gross, little blue devil, whack job), exclamations (what the…, he’s lost his mind, what the heck, shut-up, freaking out, give me a big fat break, good grief, oh my, oh no, no no no, blah-blah-blah), 7 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh Thank God, Holy). | profanity glossary |

Sonic the Hedgehog SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man mimics what people in a small town might do for entertainment and refers to someone getting drunk, and people in a bar are shown drinking and holding beers.

Sonic the Hedgehog DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Secrets, fearing the unknown, technological advancements, using powers for good vs. evil, friendship, love, loneliness, dreams, aspirations, expectations, terrorism, humiliation, collateral damage, small town life bullying, wanting to make a difference, sacrifice, evolution, many references to the Olive Garden restaurant chain, video games made into movies.

Sonic the Hedgehog MESSAGE

 – Friends can help each other get through even the most unmanageable situations.


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