Cowboys and Aliens parents guide

Cowboys and Aliens

Overall C

It appears visitors from other worlds have been abducting humans for longer than we might have thought. Set in 1873, Cowboys and Aliens chronicles the close encounters of a Wild West rancher (Harrison Ford) and a cowboy who can't remember the past (Daniel Craig). (Olivia Wilde plays the love interest.) Hey-- Don't laugh! This script takes itself very seriously.

Release date July 29, 2011

Violence D
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C-
Substance Use C

Why is Cowboys and Aliens rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Cowboys and Aliens PG-13 for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference.

Run Time: 118 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Cowboys and Aliens rated PG-13? Cowboys and Aliens is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference.

Violence: Characters frequently engage in fist and gunfights, which often result in bloody injuries or death. Characters are shot at close range with bullets and arrows, impaled, clubbed, bitten, sliced open and disintegrated. A man’s face is splattered with blood after he beats a man to death. A man performs surgery on a patient. A young adult shoots randomly at people and property and forces people to hand over money. Characters are ambushed, abducted and killed by aliens. Frequent explosions occur. A man is tortured and then dragged by a horse. A body is burned in a fire. A man breaks another character’s hand and later ambushes and threatens a woman. A character talks about slicing a man’s throat. One man knocks out the tooth of another. A character is kicked in the groin. A character sets off an explosion causing personal death. Dead bodies are frequently shown. Grotesque characters and some moments of peril are also included.

Sexual Content: A woman watches a shirtless man from the shadows. Couples kiss. A woman’s bare shoulders and back are seen in a nonsexual context. A man thinks a woman is a prostitute looking for work.

Language: The script contains frequent profanities and cursing, as well as some scatological slang and racial slurs. Crude anatomical terms and infrequent suggestive innuendo are also present.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink often. One man is intoxicated on the job. Characters—including the protagonist—smoke or use chewing tobacco.

Other: Some brief depictions of defecation and urination are shown.

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Cowboys and Aliens
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia 14A Violence.
Alberta 14A Violence.
Manitoba 14A Frightening Scenes, Violence.
Ontario 14A Frightening Scenes, Graphic Violence.
Quebec 13+ Violence.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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News About "Cowboys and Aliens"

Cast and Crew

Cowboys and Aliens is directed by Jon Favreau and stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Cowboys and Aliens movie is December 6, 2011. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Cowboys and aliens

Release Date: 6 December 2011

Cowboys and Aliens releases to home video on December 6, 2011. The Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy package includes:

- Extended Cut (17 Additional Minutes)

- Igniting the Sky: The Making of Cowboys and Aliens

- Finding the Story

- The Scope of the Spectacle

- Outer-space Icon

- Audio Commentary with Director Jon Favreau.

- A Call to Action

- Absolution

- Conversations with Jon Favreau

- Universal’s Second Screen

- BD-Live

- pocketBlu

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The first Western film was the silent 1903 movie The Great Train Robbery. Since then the genre has enjoyed different periods of popularity. Some productions from the past include 3:10 to Yuma, American Outlaws, All the Pretty Horses, The Alamo, Mark of Zorro and The Man from Snowy River. The genre resurged recently with the Oscar nominated remake of True Grit.

Jon Favreau is also the director of Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Daniel Craig plays another character with a license to kill in Casino Royal and Quantum of Solace. And Harrison Ford is well known as Han Solo, space cowboy of the Star Wars Franchise (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi).