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Alien vs. Predator



Horrid horror. Not for kids. (Or anyone else...)
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Girl power, after a fashion...


Acid-spitting aliens, gunfire, monsters bursting through stomach, decapitations.

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Minor cursing.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a horrid movie (not horror movie). It will scare the pants off kids and make those older howl with laughter at how ridiculous it is. Still, the images are so gruesome and frightening that it's almost guaranteed to induce nightmares.

What's the story?

While daring, the premise of AVP: ALIEN VS. PREDATOR is more suitable for a comic book or video game, both of which were fairly successful with the Alien/Predator match. But, for a film, the idea that the Predator (known as the technically advanced hunter) bred the Aliens as prey thousands of years ago for no other purpose than for hunting, is simply unbelievable. The plot brings back the Weyland Corporation from the Alien trilogy, and begins with a Weyland satellite detecting heat from a pyramid/temple-like structure hid deep within the Antarctic. Charles Weyland (an old, rich techy-explorer type guy) hires a team of drillers, scientists, and archeologists to find the pyramid-like structure that was built by humans to honor the Predators as gods years ago. It's this assembled team led by Lex (Sanaa Lathan) that reveals the story of these undiscovered structures and consequently lands the team in the middle of a war.

Is it any good?


AVP is another failed attempt to create the ultimate horror flick. Even with advanced graphics and special effects on its side, it only manages to completely gross out adult audiences and make teen audiences chuckle with laughter as Lex runs alongside the dreadlocked Predator near the end of movie. While the battle between Alien and Predator has been in the works since the Alien skull appeared among the displayed trophies in the Predator space ship in Predator 2, no director has dared to initiate such an outrageous cockfight between the two creatures until Paul W.S. Anderson came along. Nevertheless, with the inability to gather the original cast or filmmakers of either flick, Anderson's brave attempt flopped.


Besides the creatures, the only aspects of this film that slightly resemble the original flicks are the Weyland Corporation and the fact that Lex is much like Sigourney Weaver's character in the Alien trilogy. Lex is not only the voice of reason and pure "common sense", but is also the one who figures out the core idea behind the Predator/Alien duel and, more importantly, how to survive it. While this movie displays incredible "girl power" by having a heroine, it simply falls short of a horror and/or thriller movie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between made-up creatures and reality. If your teens watch, you can talk about what makes a movie scary. Why do some succeed and some fail?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 13, 2004
DVD/Streaming release date:January 25, 2005
Cast:Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Sanaa Lathan
Director:Paul W.S. Anderson
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Science Fiction
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, language, horror images, slime and gore.

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Kid, 11 years old March 18, 2011

Iffy for 10+, but good for tweens and up.

Come on, people. I watched it and it's really good. Yeah, so it's violent, and? It's not as gruesome as some of the other movies and there's an impossible friendship inside between a human and a predator.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old March 7, 2011
Not too bad, just GREEN gore, and some vicous deaths (not much shown, usually off-screen) A quick scene when an alien burses through stomach, (very quick and doesnt show TOO much blood). One colourful F-words (sounded BAD, but its just 1 f-word i guess...)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpielberg00 May 30, 2011

Don't bother seeing this. The first two "Alien"s were good (didn't see the other two), and I never saw any of the three "Predator" movies (but I hear they're good). This mashup is just awful.

My rating: R for pervasive alien violence, blood and gore, and for some strong language.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing