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Dark Skies

The Barret family (Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton) thought they were just typical suburbanites... until strange things started happening. Now they fear they have been chosen by some mysterious force that is intent on destroying them. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: D+
Run Time: 95
Theater Release: 21 Feb 2013
Video Release: 28 May 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Dark Skies Rated PG-13?


Violence: Characters lie on several occasions. Children overhear their parents arguing. Birds fly into a house killing themselves and leaving bloody marks. Characters experience moments of terror and peril. A woman bangs her head on a window until it breaks. Blood pours from a man’s nose. Characters have seizures or become paralyzed. Children are shown with bruises or other markings on their body and their parents are accused of abuse. A boy shoots another teen with a dart gun. A man attacks a boy and begins hitting him. He is attacked and punched in the face by another man. A man fires a gun. A woman uses a large kitchen knife as a weapon. A teen and his father argue. A dead character is seen lying in a pool of blood. A man in a room with blood-splattered walls shoots himself. (Shooting takes place off-screen.) Characters are threatened on numerous occasions.

Sexual Content: Teens watch part of a porn movie that includes groping and some sexual sounds. A boy later gropes a girl’s breast in the same manner. Teens kiss. A married couple kisses and is shown kissing and cuddling under the sheets. A man talks about spicing up the couple’s sex life. A boy brags about his female conquests. A teen uses crude terms to describe sexual activity and anatomy. A bare buttock is seen in a photo. Sounds of sexual activity are heard.

Language: The script includes infrequent scatological slang and profanities, as well as crude sexual language and terms.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A teen brings illegal drugs to share with his friends. He is later seen running wildly around the living room. A woman takes prescription drugs to deal with stress. Adults drink at a dinner party. A man smokes.

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