Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Alien sequel is bigger, faster, scarier.

R 1986 154 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 122 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Your kid will love this movie!

Your kids will love this movie! It should of been PG-13 though not rated R. And its a good movie to show your preteens its not that violent. Theres only flamethrowers being shot at an alien and some swearing but overall this movie is 11 and up!
3 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Really good movie for preteens!

Its a really good movie this movie should not be R it should be PG-13 the only really violent part is when the aliens burst out of chests so you should cover your kids eyes on that one but there is also some swearing so yeah.
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Movie Details

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