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The Spiderwick Chronicles | 2008 | PG | - 0.5.1

A boy (Freddie Highmore) moves with his family to an elderly aunt's home, where he finds a book containing information about an unseen world that once opened unleashes the desires of a giant ogre to obtain the book at all costs. Also with Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, Nick Nolte, Martin Short, Sarah Bolger, Andrew McCarthy, Izabella Miko and Seth Rogen. Directed by Mark Waters. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - There is a discussion about a husband leaving his wife for another woman.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - Goblins are huge toads that have large teeth, carry swords and act like pirates; the ogre is huge with large horns and gigantic teeth and sharp claws and it can change into any form; a troll has a snake-like head and tongue and sharp claws; another creature looks like a boar and is friendly to children, and a large winged griffin is also friendly to children.
 A boy with a knife talks to a man, the boy becomes angry and stabs the man in the chest (we hear a crunch), and the boy's mother screams after seeing what transpired and pulls the boy away (the man is unharmed and transforms into a different creature).
 A girl slashes an ogre and cuts its fingers off (we see the digits drop to the floor).
 A snake slithers and wraps around a boy, grabs a small creature, throws it into a window and it lies motionless.
 Many goblins attack people in a house: the people use knives, tomato sauce and vinegar to defend themselves, and we hear sizzling and see goblins disintegrate when they are sprayed with sauce or vinegar. An oven filled with tomato sauce explodes, spraying the sauce all around and splattering many goblins (they sizzle and melt and we see a puddle of their remains). Something with a large claw breaks a window and grabs a book, a boy throws salt on it, and it sizzles and pulls away.
 Goblins chase a boy and a girl into a shack, and follow them down a tunnel: a troll breaks into the tunnel, chases the children also, grabs the boy by the leg and drags him away, and the boy stabs the troll in the head with a metal pipe; the troll follows him through a manhole onto a street and is then struck by a car (we hear a splatter, see goo on the car and the troll slumps back into the tunnel).
 Two boys fight, huge toads charge toward them, the boys run, one boy is grabbed by the leg and is bitten (we see bloody teeth marks in his leg), a girl is slashed on the leg by one of the toads (we see the bloody gash), and she swings her sword and strikes several toads -- we hear squishing and see green goo from the wounds, and one is slashed in the eye and goo oozes out.
 A boy climbs onto a roof, an ogre follows, the boy stabs the ogre in the hand but slips off the roof and grabs onto a gutter; the ogre then falls off the roof, and the boy falls off too and crashes onto the ground (he's OK).
 A girl is grabbed by goblins and pulled by the leg, a man with a stick strikes the goblins, but small flying creatures encircle the man and he floats away while the girl calls for him to come back.
 Many goblins jump onto a car and try to break the windows to get to the occupants: a girl speeds the car striking several of the goblins (goo and slime splatter on the windshield) and crashes into the front porch of a house.
 An ogre breaks through the walls of a house trying to find a boy, and it towers over the boy, threatening him.
 Something grows out of leaves in a forest, it becomes a man, large horns begin to grow out of his back (we hear crunching), he threatens a boy, we hear a loud growling voice and the man becomes a huge ogre.
 A boy discovers a dust-covered work room where he finds a book, he hears noises, sees "Leave This Place" written in dust on a desk, and the boy rushes out and to his room where he opens the book and hears loud rumbling and wind swirling.
 A boar-like creature snaps a crow out of the air and eats it. A large black crow swoops toward a boy, but runs into a force field and then flies away. A boar-like creature grabs a birdhouse and tries to reach a bird in it with its tongue (it doesn't manage to).
 A griffin flies toward a house screeching loudly, lands with a loud rumble, children climb on its back and it flies away with them, diving down through clouds, between mountains, and through a glacier.
 A girl screams and calls for her mother, we see her with her hair tied to the bed frame, and she screams and pleads with her mother to cut her hair off to free her.
 A boy screams when he sees a small creature that talks to him (it is friendly). Something moves fast toward a boy, and it crashes into a force field of some kind (we hear a thud). A boy is frightened when he hears noises coming from woods near him. Many moth-like flying creatures surround a boy, a girl and a man and they seem to have a hypnotic ability. A small creature becomes larger and aggressive when it becomes angry.
 A girl hits her younger brother, who hits her back, she pulls a sword (with a protective tip), the boy grabs a stick, and they fight briefly -- no one is injured. In anger a boy strikes a car with a stick several times.
 A boy hears a noise behind a wall, pokes holes to find out what is making the noise (we see a glimpse of something moving), and a girl hits the wall and a large piece of drywall crumbles revealing a dumbwaiter.
 We hear about a huge ogre and see drawings of it with large, pointed teeth, horns on its head and sharp claws. A boy tells his mother that he hates her and doesn't want to live with her. Siblings argue in several scenes. A boy reads in a journal about "Fantastical creatures and magic and secrets." We hear that an ogre can take many different forms. We hear that fairies took a man away and that his young daughter was thought to be mentally ill when she explained what happened to him. A woman tells two children that a house is not safe and that it is filled with heartache and misery. A boy is accused of stealing items from his sister's room.
 A girl pours peroxide on a boy's wounded leg, it bubbles and the boy yells. We see a dead butterfly pinned to a board, a toad in a jar (still alive), a lizard in a jar (still alive) and a human skeleton. A woman is sprayed in the face with water when she turns on the faucet. A boar-like creature spits mucus on a boy and girl so that they can see it.


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LANGUAGE 1 - A character says, "Oh, sh…" but is not able to fully enunciate the word, name-calling (nut bag, liar, nut house, pinhead, pathetic, stupid), 5 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A creature drinks honey in order to calm down.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fairies, ogres, sibling rivalry, divorce, separation, custody, obsessions, family, love, anger, disappointment, vengeance, suicide, mental illness, death.

MESSAGE - Giving in to obsessions can make you lose sight of the things that are really important.

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