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Monsters, Inc.

Just when you've convinced your children it's safe to sleep in the dark, along comes Monsters Inc., an engaging animated film that's sure to confirm what every youngster suspects: the bedroom closet is a secret passage into a world where scary creatures thrive. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 91
Theater Release: 02 Nov 2001
Video Release: 19 Feb 2013
MPAA Rating: G
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Why Is Monsters, Inc. Rated G?


Overall: A-
Two power plant employees make an important discovery about facing their fears of the unknown in this animated and slightly scary film about monsters in the closet. A short film called For The Birds precedes the movie. (Content notes are at the end of the Grades list.)

Violence: B
Scary scene of monster hiding in child’s closet and under the bed. Child screams. Monster hit with ball trips on toys and falls on jacks. Characters discuss highly toxic substance. Characters engage in brief benign scuffle. Character tripped by jumping rope. Newspaper starts on fire. Character falls through sidewalk grate. Monster co-worker slaps partner on several occasions. Characters discuss their fears. Helicopters, paratrooper-like characters and detox unit descend on contaminated factory. Troopers use power pack guns to disintegrate toxic object. Character loses hair after going through decontamination process. Extended scene of character being scared by child. Nervous character tries to get rid of evidence by flushing it down toilet. Child spits at another character. Characters try to avoid toxic contamination and detection by authority figures. Character pushes over TV and breaks it. Disinfectant sprayed in character’s eye. Monster falls in garbage can and books fall on his head. Monsters hide from bad character. Character twists arms of another, causing pain. Character fears for safety of person caught in garbage disposal system. Character believed to be dead. Character bitten. Children scared by roaring characters on numerous occasions. Characters banished in blizzard. Characters threatened with and attacked by vacuum-like machine. Character slides down snow covered mountain and crashes. Character nearly strangled during fights with invisible foe. Extended scene of characters hanging high above ground includes doors slammed on body parts, characters falling, and character who tries to push another. Character attacked and hit with bat. Character falls and lands on behind. Characters discuss kidnapping of children, loss of employment, and serious energy shortage. Character taken into custody by authorities.

Sexual Content: A-
Character discusses plans for romantic birthday evening. Embarrassed hairless monster covers self. Character kisses his girlfriend on at least two occasions.

Language: A-
Some name calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: A
None.

From the featured short film For The Birds: Birds mock newcomer and peck at his feet in attempt to make him fall. Birds catapulted into the air lose all their coverings. Featherless bird hits ground with some force. Denuded birds cover private areas with wings or leaves.

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