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Superintelligence | 2020 | PG | – 3.3.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Superintelligence” rated PG? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some suggestive material, language and thematic elements.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few passionate kissing scenes and an implied sex scene with partial nudity, discussions of relationships, a few kidnapping scenes without injuries, discussions of the destruction of the planet and humanity, discussions of AI and its capabilities, a few prat falls, and several arguments and some moderate language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


When the earth’s computer networks suddenly evolve into a sentient and seemingly omnipotent AI (voice of James Corden), the new entity tries to decide whether to destroy, enslave or help humanity. In an effort to understand human behavior the AI chooses a rather unremarkable woman (Melissa McCarthy) to closely observe, as it encourages her to get together with her former boyfriend (Bobby Cannavale). Also with Brian Tyree Henry, Sam Richardson, Ben Falcone, Jean Smart and the voice of Octavia Spencer. Directed by Ben Falcone. [Running Time: 1:46]

Superintelligence SEX/NUDITY 3

 – A woman rings a man’s doorbell and when he opens the door, they kiss passionately, they go in the house, the man struggles to remove his shirt (we see his bare back), they continue kissing, and they bump into window blinds; we see all this from a distance, as two men across the street watch them (sex is implied).
 A man and woman kiss deeply in several scenes. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man and woman dance at a restaurant. A man and a woman hold hands in a market. A man hugs a woman before a job interview and he smells her hair. A woman hugs another woman in greeting before a job interview. A woman dances in a parking lot in front of a car after a man accepted an invitation to go out with her.
 A woman asks a man to join her for a drink and he declines; she asks again and he accepts. A man makes a comment about another man and a woman “making love.” A man says of himself, “I am a passionless man.” A voice describes a man and a woman living together before they broke up. People discuss a dating website. A man awkwardly pays a woman compliments in a couple of scenes.
 Women wear low-cut tops that reveal cleavage in several scenes.


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Superintelligence VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 – Three people grab a woman on a street, put a bag over her head and push her into a van as she kicks one person in the chest; they take her to a place where they question her about an AI. A woman is pulled into a men’s room by two people, she kicks one man in the chest, and he moans and they talk to her about an imminent situation. We see images of explosions, fires and rioting as an AI talks about causing an apocalypse.
 A woman looks out her window and sees two cars crash together in an intersection after a voice tells her that it will make the crash happen (nobody’s is apparently hurt). A bike delivery person crashes into a curb and falls on the street (he yells, but we do not see injuries). A woman is startled and frightened when a voice is emitted from her electronic devices; she uses a lacrosse stick to beat a toaster oven until it is dented. A car’s door opens automatically and a woman struggles to close it several times, dropping her phone once, before she is thrown out of the car and landing on the street (no injuries are seen). A car spins around and into a parking space squealing the tires (it’s driven by an AI). A car speeds away from a curb driven by an AI and leaves a woman standing in the road.
 People discuss retaliation against an AI. People talk about a plan to black out the entire globe and spread a rumor that it was caused by a solar flare. An AI tells two men that it has filled the room they are in with natural gas and threatens to blow them up (there is no explosion). A woman talks to a friend about helping her with an interaction with an AI and he pushes her away and says, “There’s a crazy in your eye.” A voice talks about enslaving and destroying humanity. A man asks a woman if she is being “catfished,” and another woman asks her if she has been on the dark web. A voice describes a man as having grown up with a speech impediment and that he began programming computers as a way to overcome it. A voice says, “Money is just a charade.” A woman fears that she “freaked” a man out by asking him for a drink. A woman yells at an AI as it drives a car away and she says, “I hope you get a virus.” A man yells in excitement a few times. A woman says that another woman was, “Mean to me.” A woman sponsors pet adoptions and talks about a three-legged Chihuahua. A woman tells another woman that she looks “less awkward.” A woman tells an AI that the combination of a specific food and beverage can lead to a “dicey intestinal” upset. A woman remarks that there are fewer dead cockroaches around in a restaurant.
 We see a video of a woman pouring a bucket of ice over a man’s head (presumably when the Ice Bucket Challenge was widespread). A woman tries to sit on a very tall beanbag chair and rolls off and onto the floor a few times before awkwardly stabilizing herself. A woman brushes her teeth, we see foam and toothpaste on her mouth, and we hear her spit.


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Superintelligence LANGUAGE 3

 – 3 scatological terms (1 mild), 4 anatomical terms, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (average, unremarkable, safe, low-risk, save the planet garbage, loony, balmy, cyberpunk hacker, nerd, digital overlord, stupid, baby, whiny, shabby sheik, player, not creepy, bummer, cocky, nob heads, garbage, basic, weirdo, guinea pig, creepy kids’ toy), exclamations (you know what, shove it, mucking about, back off, nope, hit the bricks, and what not, how dare you), 29 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Holy Moly, My God). | profanity glossary |


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Superintelligence SUBSTANCE USE

 – Several photos are shown of a woman holding a glass of wine and she appears to be intoxicated, a voice describes a bike delivery person as being intoxicated, a glass of champagne is shown on a table in a store fitting room, a woman refers to “booze hounds,” a man and a woman drink from cocktails at a restaurant and the woman spits it back into the glass, a man and a woman drink wine, a man and a woman drink champagne that they say is terrible, a woman drinks champagne out of the bottle, and a woman describes another woman as a “blackout drinker.”


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Superintelligence DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Computers, Artificial Intelligence, failure, human behavior, Yahoo, Microsoft, social constructs, right and wrong, living wages, racial and gender equality, resources, humanitarian, regret, NSA.

Superintelligence MESSAGE

 – Humanity has so many problems, but love and altruism can save us all.

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