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Parent reviews for Aliens

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Alien sequel is bigger, faster, scarier.
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Adult Written byJuggernaut93 May 4, 2011

Not for kids.

Aliens is one of my favorite movies ever, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone but older kids and adults. It is a cinema masterpiece, but not a kid friendly one. First off, violence. Though not as bad as modern horror movies like Saw and all that other crap (which I will never watch or review) in terms of gore, it can still get a bit intense. To fully grasp this, you need to know something about the monsters in this film. They are insect-like hive creatures. The queen lays an egg, which hatches into a spider-like creature. This creature searches for humans, and leaps onto their faces, forcing an alien embryo down their throats, knocking them unconscious in the process. Later the person wakes up, and feels fine. However, the embryo grows gradually inside the victim, until it eats it's way out of their chest in a shower of gore. This is shown in great detail in one scene. Also, the creatures spurt green blood when shot, which is acidic, and eats into human flesh. The creatures also bite, stab, claw, and impale humans, though with little blood. Aside from all that, there is the issue of language. F*** and other words are used liberally and often in this film. As for sexual content, there really isn't much, aside from some jokes told by the soldiers. In short, this is strictly a teens-and-adults-only film. Make sure the kids are in bed before you watch this one.

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Adult Written byOneVeryLongUsername March 4, 2015

"Aliens" - Parental and Artistic Review.

Sexual Content: A nude photo is briefly seen in the doorway to the hyper-sleeping room. When the team starts waking up, they are all in their undergarments; the men are shirtless. When Hudson asks what the mission is about, Apone replies, "Oh, you'll love it. We gotta save a bunch of juicy colonist daughters from their virginity." Frost says, "I wouldn't mind getting some of that Arctunian poontang!" Spunkmeyer replies, "Yeah, Frost, but the one that you had was male!" Frost then says, "Male or female, it doesn't matter if it's Arctunian!" 4.2 out of 10. Violent/Gory Content: An alien attacks Ferro off-screen while she's piloting her dropship (off-screen, but blood splatters onto the cockpit window). Shortly afterward, the dropship crashes because no one is piloting it. Dead corpses are seen wrapped in cocoons; a chestburster alien rips through a living woman's chest. Some blood pours out, although not as much as the chestburster from the first movie. Ripley has a nightmare that an alien bursts out of her; the alien can be seen under her skin just before she wakes up. Many aliens are shown being killed by the soldiers with machine and other guns (Lots of green blood from the aliens shown). In the 1991 Special Edition version, there are four sentry machine-gun turrets that tear through hundreds of aliens with lots of alien blood. While Hudson is shooting other aliens, another alien grabs him from under the floor and drags him in. He shouts for Hicks to help him, but another alien attacks Hicks, causing him to let go and for Hudson to be dragged under to be cocooned. In one prolonged sequence, the soldiers are attacked by a group of aliens. Dietrich is ambushed by one and in a panic, she discharges her flamethrower at Frost; he runs around while on fire and runs into a railing, which he trips over and falls several stories to his death. Hicks, Wierzbowski and Crowe investigate what happened, but Hicks notices that Frost's ammunition bag is on fire and they all run. Crowe, being the closest to the blast, gets thrown into a nearby wall, snapping his neck and killing him instantly; Wierzbowski is injured but alive, and Hicks is unscathed. Hicks props Wierzbowski against a nearby wall and while he's not looking, Wierzbowski is grabbed by an alien. A firefight between the soldiers and many of the soldiers are killed. Drake is fatally injured after being sprayed by acid (no blood, but there is a brief shot of his face being eaten away). Several times, people are killed both on and off-screen with minimal and lots of blood. Hicks shoots an alien in the head and is burned by acid blood on his face and body (he is shown in extreme pain and with acid burnt armor and lots of smoke). Vasquez and Gorman are cornered by the aliens and opt to take them out in a manner that results in their own deaths. The two of them cling together, clutching a hand grenade in their hands, and detonate it. Ripley and Newt uncovers a nest of the alien's eggs and the "queen" alien, who is presently laying more eggs. She destroys many of the eggs with a flamethrower, and a violent and stressful fight ensues. A human-looking android is impaled and torn in half. There is white synthetic blood spraying in all directions, and his insides (a type of intestines) are visible in the subsequent scenes. Although he is a robot, his insides look quite human and the audience has an emotional connection to this character by this time and may find this additionally disturbing. 8.6 out of 10. Profanity: Around 24 "f" words, as well as 15 "s" words, 11 "asses" (2 used with "hole" and 1 written), 9 "hells," 6 "damns," 2 uses of "bitch" (1 written on Drake's smartgun), 2 uses of "bastard," 1 "crap" and 1 "S.O.B." 3 uses of the middle finger are seen. Religious exclamations and profanities include at least: 19 uses of "Goddamn," 5 of, "Oh, God," 4 of "Jesus," 3 of "Oh, God," 2 of "God," and 1 use each of "Oh, dear Lord Jesus" and "Christ" (2 in Director's Cut). 6.9/10. Substance Use: There are a few scenes with smoking. The main character Ripley smokes in a few scenes as does Hicks. Apone smokes cigars frequently. 5.9 out of 10. Conclusion: "Aliens," while not as well-made as the original Alien film, is still a brilliant film. It has amazing visual effects (especially for its time), great action, fantastic performances, well-developed characters, memorable dialogue, and more. I give this film 8.8 out of 10.
Adult Written byblenjaminrod July 4, 2015

The perfect action movie - A must show to kids to teach them the good and the bad of action films.

Aliens is the magnum opus of all action films, one of the finest examples to show to your kids of what a great movie really is. There is no sex, no nudity of any kind. There's funny, well-written and extremely memorable characters. The foes are scary and must be destroyed, nothing morally wrong with kicking these aliens' butts. The film actually deals with this in an interesting way, the company wanting to spare the aliens - not because they care for them or anything, but because they want to study them (and most likely use them as weapons/or something else unnatural). Ripley is a great hero all the way through, aided by a group of marines who seem like jerks in the beginning, but really flesh out towards the end. The special effects were fantastic for it's day, and still hold up incredibly well - if this movie were made today, every alien would be a gray computer generated lump running around in 3D, which would destroy..honestly the entire film. The aliens are scary because they feel real - real props, models, puppets, and people in suits were used, which delivers a really visceral feeling to every encounter. The violence is not gratuitous, but instead very courageous and heroic. There are scary moments ... but ... really stop shielding your children from everything. This film is a classic. The younger generations need to see films like these so we get more great, inspired creative minds creating epic films and other forms of media such as this in the future. If you wait too long to show your kids this film, they'll look at it and pick it apart. You can't protect them from everything, so they would already be exposed in some way to (or at least hear of) more violent / scary things, most likely stupid things too. Like cheap run of the mill "found footage" nonsense, and they will get a misguided perception of the horror genre. This film educates, really. Aliens is a classic (and so is the first film, Alien) It's a great movie for younger people to see, as it might give incite to them as to what a great film is.

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Parent of a 17 year old Written byblarghmonstaz August 24, 2010

Great movie for tweens +

Incredible science-fiction thriller. It's honestly not that violent, and there's no sex. The language is coarse at times, but basically remains moderate throughout the movie. Some strong violence I suppose at times, but it's never over the top. This movie isn't one you want to miss; it may be rated R, but by today's standards, It would probably be Rated PG-13 for Intense sequences of sci-fi violence, terror, and language. This is definately one film you don't wanna miss!

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Adult Written bylemieuxr March 20, 2016

Best action sci fi movie of all time

First of all, making a review based on the fact that its not a kid movie is a non sense stupid way to proceed. That movie is a piece of art like we dont see too much. Its not only an impressive action special effect movie but got a great story to with good acting not for nothing Weaver was nominated for best actress... Say that movie is just a gore violent movie its extremely wrong and Im asking myself if the person who wrote the review for the site was drunk or something when he write that biaised crap.
Adult Written byjacob a September 20, 2015

Great Film

NOT For Kids Under 10, (Or 11) So Yeah,

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Adult Written bySeanT726 July 15, 2015

Appropriate for preteens, but would not go any younger.

I don't think I really need to speak to the film's quality- it's a known factor, given that this film essentially created the modern sci-fi playbook. So instead, I'm just going to focus on whether it's alright for kids. There is absolutely no sex in the movie, to start off with (there's an offhanded mention of "poontang" but it's not explained and actively makes less sense if you know what the word means). In addition, the film mostly avoids graphic violence- there's quick flashes of it, but nothing long enough to truly shock or disturb. Really, the one thing the film has that makes it non-child-friendly is swearing, and it has *quite a bit* of swearing.

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Adult Written byfonzieg April 3, 2015

Bolder, faster, and action packed, Hell yeah!

Aliens, such an awesome movie! It's slightly better than Alien, it has slightly better characters, slightly better atmosphere, and a great cast! The special effects hold up better in this one as well! It's more violent too, but not as gory! It's a movie so action packed, and so entertaining, you'll be wanting to watch it again and again long after the credits are done! Basically it's one of the greatest films of all time!
Adult Written byhomealonefan123 March 6, 2015

Dazzling, exciting, and violent sequel is actually better than the first!

It's bigger, and better than the original! The aliens look better than ever, the performances are greater, the action sequences are superb, and just the perfect action film!
Parent of a 2 year old Written bygerbowski October 15, 2012

Great action sequel, probably ok for older teens

Action-packed sequel to "Alien" delivers not only scary, sci-fi action, but a gripping tension that keeps the viewing on the edge of their seat. Whoever reviewed this movie for this website is totally off only giving it three stars. I've found that most of the movie reviewers on this site can't get past the violence or sex in a movie to call it good. They also seem to have an issue with kids being in movies if they are portrayed to be in danger? Come on! I'm sorry, but if that's the stretch you have to make to find something wrong with a film, then you probably shouldn't be writing these reviews. If I could I would give this film 4 and a half stars, it isn't the best I've ever seen, but for a sequel to come even close to being as good as the original, bravo! Parents should be aware that this movie is not for children, as it is very scary. The violence is not especially gruesome, but anyone younger than 15 or 16 should probably steer clear.

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byabrahm January 30, 2011

Aliens review

a great movie. Should be allowed to mature teenagers

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Adult Written bysusan l. October 23, 2016

iffy violent alien movie.

I was disappointed. it was filled with violence. Still good.

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Adult Written byYa boi R. August 11, 2015

AMAZING

This Is An Awesome Fun Action Packed Thriller,Some Swears Here And There Nothing To Bad,No Nudity Just Some Blurred Posters,A lot Of Explosions And Gunfire But More Entertaining Than Scary,Anyways It Is Fine To Have A Child Watch This Only If 10 Or Up,9 Is Fine But Not Recommended,But Great Film
Adult Written byPure H. July 3, 2017

Aliens

Aliens is much more on the move than its predecessor and has more frequent violence, however the sci-fi gore likely won't be in any way disturbing to viewers and the film never has an overly dark tone either. There are plenty more aliens this time around and while the film isn't as intense as the first, it still does retain a tense atmosphere throughout. That being said, the film is mostly a fun thrill-ride and is a very entertaining watch. Overall, the only thing to concern about in Aliens is sci-fi gore which isn't particularly strong anyway, and the film doesn't have an overly dark tone so it is fun throughout. RATING SYSTEM: U - Suitable for all ages PG - Parental Guidance advised PG-T - Content of a PG film, with a few things you may expect from a T film T - Teen M - Mature Teen A - Adults MY RECOMMENDED AGE RATING: Aliens - Rated T for strong bloody violence

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Parent of a 15 year old Written byTsion December 27, 2010
ALIENS is simply the best thriller I have ever seen: it is intelligent and driven by story and character, though certainly chock-full of engaging and often brutal action. At the end of this movie, your hands will hurt from gripping the edge of your seat. The suspense is terrifying, the acting is believable, the CGI are thrilling, and the direction by legendary James Cameron is masterful. Every fan of action movies needs to see this, for you will enjoy it. However, PLEASE leave the kids at home. Though this movie was made back in the 80s, there is still a strong pull for kids to want to see it. Since this movie, James Cameron has directed TITANIC and AVATAR, two classic modern movies that most kids have seen. The leading lady, Sigourney Weaver, has starred in several mainstream movies marketed to kids, including the before-mentioned AVATAR plus YOU AGAIN and HOLES. Plus, what teenage boy will read the plot summary and not want to see it? However, this is definitely not a movie for kids. The suspense is too much for many adults; for kids, it will just be traumatizing. The majority of the movie is spent making the audience care for the characters; thus, it is very difficult to watch as they are bloodily impaled, eviscerated, carved in two, eaten, and, in a way, impregnated by aliens. Yes, you read correctly. Impregnated. You see, aliens latch on to their victim's bodies and lay eggs in their stomachs. They hatch by gorily bursting out of the victim's chest. There are at least two instances where this is shown onscreen in this movie, both accompanied by blood and intense music and camera cuts. It gets worse. One of the main characters of the film is a little girl, and she is frequently put in danger from the aliens. Another woman is shredded to pieces by an alien in the cockpit of a plane; though the actual shredding is off-screen, you see the blood that flows down the windows of the cockpit. An android is torn in two by a massive alien, and although he is a machine and his blood is white, he still looks very much human as he lies on the ground in two pieces. In addition to the violence, there is extremely harsh language in the film. In both the special and theatrical editions of the film, there are around 20 uses of the "f" word (twice paired with "mother), plus, around forty or fifty uses of "s**t", "a*s", and "g****mn". There is no sexual content. In conclusion, you should go out of your way to see this movie. It is yet another masterful creation from director James Cameron, and if you are a fan of action, sci-fi, or thrillers, then you will enjoy it. Just please view it before watching it with young kids.

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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe October 26, 2010
To me this movie felt kind of....contrived. Lots of 'scary' scenes pulled from every horror story ever concocted. Of course there's plenty of violence and blood. Overall, no thank you.

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Adult Written byoiv25409 April 20, 2009

Definately too innapropriate for kids

I like this movie, but it definately has a lot of content that's innapropriate for young kids like very graphic violence and profanity and the characters in this movie can tend to not be great role models.

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Adult Written bydolphinlover9 April 9, 2008

Arguably better than the first

Aliens is a great action sci-fi film for mature teens and adults. This film has graphic violence and strong language. But it's awsome. Check it out if you haven't already.
Adult Written bydigitex30189 April 9, 2008

Great Movie!!!!!!

I love this movie!!! Common Sense should give it at least 4 stars, but it deserves 5. Yes, it's violent, yes, it's gory, yes, the characters know how to say the F-Word, and they do a lot, but for mature teens and adults, it is a great Sci-Fi-Horror Sction film. 5 stars.
Adult Written byRay April 9, 2008

Good action film

Aliens is the best of the series in terms of film quality, acting, action, etc... But it is NOT a movie for kids.