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Still shot from the movie: Knowing.


When a half-century-old time capsule at an elementary school is opened, so is a mystery. Among the enclosed artifacts is a sheet of paper containing a string of numbers. Examining the cryptic message, Professor John Koestler (Nicholas Cage) discovers the digits accurately predict dates and death tolls of all the major disasters that have occurred during the last fifty years -- and there are three more prophesies yet to be fulfilled. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 20 Mar 2009
Video Release: 07 Jul 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Knowing Rated PG-13?

A handful of moderate profanities and terms of Christian Deity are scattered throughout this script that depicts frequent alcohol consumption among several characters. One man, who is mourning the loss of his wife, follows up a night of excessive drinking by driving the school carpool the next morning. Children, who repeatedly hear voices in their head, are compelled to write down numbers, to the point of scratching digits into wood with bloody fingers. Ominous, silent characters enter a child’s bedroom, show up at school, lurk outside a home and appear to threaten youngsters on several occasions. Animals, cities, homes and forests are engulfed in flames. A plane crashes in front of motorists. Burning victims, corpses and a mangled fuselage are shown. A speeding subway car crushes numerous characters and causes extensive underground havoc. Terrorists threaten to deploy a bomb in a large city. Children are kidnapped. A woman’s suicide is discussed. A man with a gun chases others. Looters destroy businesses. A character is killed in a brutal car crash. Brief comments are made about sexual orientation and a woman’s large anatomy.

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