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James and the Giant Peach

Thanks to some magic, an orphan named James (Paul Terry) escapes oppression by climbing into a giant peach. Here he morphs into an animated world where he makes friends with a group of maligned insects, and they all work together to find a happier home. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 97
Theater Release: 12 Apr 1996
Video Release: 03 Aug 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is James and the Giant Peach Rated PG?

Violence: This film is full of creepy and ghoulish characters, along with dark sets. Various monsters threaten characters, including a thunderous rhino credited with killing a boy’s parents (their death is not depicted), a ravenous mechanical shark, underwater creatures and skeletons wielding weapons. A child is berated and threatened with beatings—he is portrayed with bruises and scratches. Insects are swatted, squashed and sprayed with poison. Characters argue and engage in name-calling. Dismembered fish heads are shown. A character attempts a suicide mission. Property damage occurs. A spider’s web is used to capture other characters.

Sexual Content: Mild innuendo.

Language: Name-calling and one mild profanity.

Alcohol and Drug Use: A character is always seen with a cigar, and another is shown smoking. Wine is drunk at a dinner. The flesh of a peach is turned into a drink that resembles beer.

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