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Bolt

In this animated adventure, Bolt (voice of John Travolta) is a dog with super powers --or so he thinks. Really he is just an actor in a TV show. This painful truth becomes a problem when the pup accidentally gets separated from his co-star and owner Penny (voice of Miley Cyrus), and has to find his way home with only the help of a stray cat (voice of Susie Essman) and a ball-imprisoned hamster (voice of Mark Walton). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 21 Nov 2008
Video Release: 08 Nov 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Bolt Rated PG?


The opening scenes of the film provide plenty of explosive action as Penny and the technologically-altered Bolt are chased by cars, motorcycles and helicopters that launch missiles at the pair. Bolt uses his superpowers to stop a car and flips it over on its roof. Criminals kidnap a man and threaten to blow up a gas truck driving beside a school bus full of children. An army of soldiers (with electrified gloves) and combat vehicles attempt to surround Penny and Bolt before the dog disables them. Several soldiers are crushed and others appear to be dead. Motorcycles and helicopters also explode while in action. One character is electrocuted. Bolt threatens to drop a man in a car from a bridge. Outside of the studio, Bolt is nearly hit by a truck, falls in a hole, runs into a fence and hits a window while trying to pull off his superhero stunts. He also threatens to throw a cat into oncoming traffic. He and Mittens jump from a moving vehicle and later fall off of a speeding train. A man is sprayed in the face with pepper spray and another is hit with a flying object that causes a sign to fall on a truck and explode. A child and animal are caught in a burning building. Animals face rejection from their owners. Brief name calling and taunting are included in the script. A couple of very mild sexual comments are made.

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