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Stardust | 2007 | PG-13 | - 4.6.1

A young man (Charlie Cox) vows to bring a star that's fallen from the sky to the beautiful but unfeeling woman he loves, as a token of his devotion. During his quest he ventures into a strange and dangerous realm and eventually finds the star, which has been transformed into a girl (Claire Danes). Also with Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Sienna Miller. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. [2:02]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A young man and a young woman kiss (she is wearing a towel after bathing and her bare shoulders and cleavage are visible), it is implied that they have sex and it is implied that a ghost watches them.
 A young woman kisses a young man, she invites him into a carriage, he smiles and joins her, she closes the door and sex is implied (and we see an infant 9 months later).
 A man appears as a ghost after he is killed in a bathtub, and he is nude -- we see his bare chest, abdomen and legs to the hip. A man sits in a bathtub (his bare shoulders and chest are visible). A young woman sits in a tub (her bare shoulders are visible), a young man peers in, and then looks away while she gets out of the tub. A haggard witch eats a piece from a star and becomes young again: she drops her robe and admires her bare buttocks in a mirror (we see her bare legs, back and shoulders). Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes.
 A witch turns a goat into a young man, then changes him into a young woman (we see the growth of breasts under clothing and the young man who's now a woman touches them with curiosity). A man dresses in women's undergarments, paints a heart on his cheek, and dances in front of a mirror while wrapping a feather boa around his neck. A young woman who had been a young man is told to help another young woman out of her clothes and appears overly pleased with the assignment (nothing is shown).
 A young man and a young woman kiss. A young man and a young woman nearly kiss in a couple of scenes. A young man and a young woman hug.
 A young man grabs a young woman and thrusts his hips at her suggestively for the sake of other men watching. A man drags a young woman by the arm and forces her into his cabin (giving the impression that he is going to rape her, he does not).
 A man threatens a young man and a young woman and tells them that the young woman should be "shared" with all of the men on his ship. A young man and a young woman walk together, they share a romantic picnic and the young man confesses his feelings for her.
 A young man winks at another man, who smiles at him flirtatiously. A young woman who had been a young man speaks with a deep voice.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman slashes a man's throat: we see the cut, and blue blood seeps out and covers his chest.
 A man is stabbed in the abdomen and falls down dead (we hear a crunch). A man is stabbed in the stomach and slumps over dead. A woman is run through with a sword.
 A young woman is placed on a table, another woman raises a dagger over her and we hear that she cut her heart out (we see the young woman writhing).
 Two witches fight and one ends up with her head blown off (we see her headless body stumbling around briefly and it then collapses and burns away leaving the charred outline of her body on the ground).
 A man is pushed out of a window, we hear him yelling on the way down and see him shortly after as a ghostly figure with a squished face and distorted features, accompanied by several other ghostly men with different wounds (one appears to be frozen, one has bloody gashes on his face, and one has an axe in his head); we see this group throughout the movie remarking about scenes that they witness.
 A man fights with three witches: one flings fireballs at him, he catches on fire, puts the flames out with his hand, raises his sword and it is made so hot that he screams and drops it; a doll is held by one witch, who breaks its arm and leg and we see the man's arm and leg break (they bend and snap and the man screams), and the doll is then dropped in water and we see the man drown.
 A young man and a re-animated man fight with swords: the young man stabs the man a couple of times and we hear a crunch each time.
 A woman is attacked by many ferrets, and then wolves -- we see them tugging at her flesh briefly and a bit of blood is visible. A witch explodes when exposed to a bright light. Lightning bolts are hurled at a witch, she is struck and weakened but gets up again.
 An alligator is pulled out of a cage and cut open (we hear a squish) by two witches who pull out its entrails in order to get information from them (we see the intestines unraveling in the witches' hands). A small animal is grabbed out of a cage, slammed onto a table and cut open: we see a woman holding a dagger and hear the slash and squish, and then three witches read the animal's entrails (we do not see the entrails), and they then grab an organ and hold it in the air (we do see the bloody organs). A woman cooks a small animal over a fire and cuts it in half with a knife in order to eat it.
 An elderly man with a large stick fights with a young man to prevent him from crossing a wall: he strikes him several times with the stick and kicks him (the young man goes back home with a bruised eye).
 A young man being thrown through the air crashes into a young woman and they both fall to the ground. A young man is thrown off his horse by a man and falls to the ground. A woman is pulled on the ground by a chain attached to her ankle.
 A man shows the effectiveness of a lightning bolt by letting it out of a canister, and it strikes something that then falls to the ground (we hear a thud).
 A man plunges his hand into a tub where a dead man sits searching for something (we see slash on the dead man's throat and blue blood on his neck and chest).
 A unicorn knocks a man who turns into a goat as he crashes against a wall (the goat lies motionless on the ground and it is unclear whether it's dead).
 A man with a walking stick pokes a young man in the chest and teases him about his ineptitude at swordplay; they briefly fight with two sticks and one of them ends up on the ground in front of a young woman after whom they are both vying. A man and a young man practice sword fighting in a few of scenes. We see a man with a bloody nose being held at sword point by another man.
 Two men are poisoned, they gag and then collapse. A chandelier is cut loose and falls to the floor crushing someone underneath.
 A man jumps out a window, dives into water and swims away when he is threatened by many men with swords. Several men fight with swords.
 A young man and a woman fight, and she holds a knife to his throat and then lets him go. A man drags a young woman by the arm and forces her into his cabin (giving the impression that he is going to rape her, he does not).
 A woman raises a dagger over a woman who is strapped to a table, preparing to cut out her heart, but she is interrupted. A young man shoves a young woman to the ground and lies on top of her in order to prevent her from being seen.
 A flying vessel crashes into water (we see people being thrown around in the process). A young man runs toward a speeding coach, jumps toward it and crashes into its side, falling to the ground, and the driver holds a sword to the young man and prepares to kill him but does not.
 A young woman tries to strike a witch who's protected by a force field. A witch puts a spell on another witch. A young man ties an enchanted chain around a young woman's hand making her his prisoner. A young man ties a woman to a tree with an enchanted chain.
 A drinking establishment is called "The Slaughtered Prince." A man threatens to snap a young man's fingers one at a time. A woman talks about being the slave to a witch. A man talks about a "two-headed dog." A man threatens a young man and a young woman and tells them that the young woman should be "shared" with all of the men on his ship. A man talks about a variety of ways he could kill a young man and a young woman (he does not).
 A young man and a young woman argue while standing on a cloud during a lightning storm, and they are caught in a net and pulled onto a flying vessel uninjured. A young man runs through a gap in a stone wall and through a field and thick woods (a guard at the wall tries to stop him).
 A witch turns a young man into a goat (a green glow floats over him as he changes). A witch turns a young man into a squirrel and puts it in a cage. A witch turns two goats into humans (one remains goat-like in his mannerisms and he continues to make goat sounds). A witch changes a man's voice to that of a chicken.
 A ruby in a necklace floats in the air, shoots out into the sky, appears to collide with something that falls to the Earth, it bursts into flames as it enters the atmosphere and it crashes to the ground creating a large crater. A young man lights a candle, there is a bight flash of light and he disappears. A young man spills a goblet of wine and it smolders on the ground, suggesting that it was poisoned.
 A young woman is frightened by noises she hears in a dark forest where she is left alone.
 A young man finds a marketplace with odd and unusual things (miniature elephants in a cage, a jar filled with eyeballs that blink, etc.). A woman ages as the movie unspools, and she touches her hair and pulls out a handful.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (cretins, moron, idiot, wench, freak, marauder, devil), 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man drinks alcohol, and a young man and a young woman drink champagne.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Superstition, witchcraft, true love, demonstrations of love, death of a parent, humiliation, royal blood lines, strength, hate, lies, trust, courage, cunning, homosexuality, loneliness, grief, death of siblings, murder for advancement, destiny, everlasting life, envy, youth at any cost, soothsayers, popularity.

MESSAGE - Be careful what you wish for. Life isn't worth living without someone you care about.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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