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Still shot from the movie: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

A boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) meets an alien and they become best friends. The little creature personifies every child's dream of the ultimate imaginary playmate, but it is no game when government agents close in on and try to capture the lost space visitor. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 115
Theater Release: 10 Jun 1982
Video Release: 09 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Rated PG?


Overall: A

A boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) meets an alien and they become best friends. The little creature personifies every child’s dream of the ultimate imaginary playmate, but it is no game when government agents close in on and try to capture the lost space visitor.

Violence: A-

Characters chase alien. Characters take knives with them to investigate intruder. Character threatens siblings. Character falls in tub and is submerged. Characters briefly discuss poison.  Character cuts his finger and it bleeds. Characters in cars pursue others on bikes on several occasions. Character is distressed by medical intervention. Characters become increasingly ill and one appears to die.

Sexual Content: A

None noted.

Language: B-

At least: 3 moderate and 2 mild profanities, 5 terms of Deity used as expletives, and some name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Character drinks beer and becomes intoxicated.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Characters ride bikes without helmets. Character fakes illness, pretends to throw up. Rowdy behavior is shown on school bus. Extended scene includes discussion of frog dissection and attempts to kill frogs. Characters discuss the break-up of parent’s marriage.  Characters eavesdrop on house occupants. Under-aged character drives without license.

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