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The Never Ending Story

A grief stricken boy is forced to face his fears when he becomes involved in the story line of a magical book, which contains some dramatic and thematic elements inappropriate for young children. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 92
Theater Release: 20 Jul 1984
Video Release: 04 Sep 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is The Never Ending Story Rated PG?


Overall: B-
A grief stricken boy is forced to face his fears when he becomes involved in the story line of a magical book, which contains some dramatic and thematic elements inappropriate for young children.

Violence: C+
Character threatened, chased by bullies and forced into garbage dumpster. Skulls and bones seen several times in backdrop. Fantastical characters in story may confuse or frighten young viewers. Terrifying wolf beast seen periodically. Implied drowning of horse. Depictions of earthquakes, rocks falling, and debris flying through the air. Character’s arm wounded, some blood shown. Character zapped and killed by destructive laser beams emitted from statues. Gruesome burnt face shown. Gondola-like contraption hits ground, man spills out (no injury). Boy falls from great height, lands in water. Character mortally wounds beast during fight, blood shown.

Sexual Content: B-
Use of make-up has young female character looking older than her years. Boy’s chest occasionally revealed in low-cut tunic. Stone sphinx statues (human from waist up, animal from waist down) display topless female nudity.

Language: A
Minor insults.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B+
Magical potions used for healing purposes.

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