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Still shot from the movie: The Spiderwick Chronicles.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

When the Grace family is bequeathed the estate of their Great-Uncle Spiderwick, they inherit a lot more than just a ramshackle house in the country. Amongst the bric-a-brac young Jared (Freddie Highmore) finds a sealed book that reveals a world of mysterious, magical creatures --not all of whom are friendly. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Theater Release: 13 Feb 2008
Video Release: 23 Jun 2008
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is The Spiderwick Chronicles Rated PG?


In the fantastical world that Arthur Spiderwick discovers there are various life forms, some are delicate fairies, others are comical critters, but most are quite frightening. The scary ones include sword-wielding toad-like goblins, spitting piggish hobgoblins (who eat live birds in a single swallow), a large lizard-shaped troll and a fearsome green ogre who can shape-change into human, bird, snake and reptile forms. Violent conflicts occur between the dark creatures and the Grace family involving death threats, chases, sword fights, and slashes from claws and weapons (a small amount of red human and green goblin blood are shown). A poisonous potion made of tomato sauce looks a little gory when it explodes all over a room rendering the enemy into little puddles of green goo. A monster is hit by a car and another loses three fingers when they are caught in a door. A human character is stabbed with a knife and another falls from a rooftop. A boy with anger issues vents his feelings by hitting inanimate objects, swatting his siblings and engaging in arguments. Mild profanities and terms of Deity are used as expletives. Slurs are made about people with mental illness. Divorce and infidelity are alluded to.

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