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Ghost in the Shell (1996)

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age 14+

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age 13+

Great Movie

This is a very good movie about one's own consciousness and sense of self. The main character has a VERY skin tight suit, there is also partial nudity in some parts of the film. There is also a lot of violence/gore but I think this is suitable for 13 year olds on the mature side.

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Great messages
Too much violence
age 13+

A good movie that is hard to do a simple age/tv rating on.

This is an amazing movie with amazing visuals for it's time. I will admit that this is a hard movie to rate because it has things shown in that aren't allowed in kid media. Thus, a kid can still take it in. Many people however, seem to complain about the same things. Which results into the anime being 17+ for a CSM rating. However, unlike most of the CSM "Professional" ratings. This one doesn't explain what is even in this movie. Lets start with violence. This professional CSM rater says the violence has a rating of 5 outta 5. With the breif commentary of "Graphic, video game-style violence." First of all the violence presented in the movie is just plain violence I wouldn't really consider it video gamey. 2nd of all, sure there is some gory violence but the only gore in the entire movie is displayed in the beginning and the end of the movie. There isn't a lot 5 out of 5 violence in this film. Most of it is simple violence that could be shown to a kid. And yes, someone's head getting exploded shown in 0.00001% of the movie was graphic. But it isn't enough graphic violence for a young adult to not see this movie. Now lets move onto the sex. Now the "Frequent animated nudity." In this film is rated 5 out of 5. Which I guess make sense but it's not like sexual nudity. In fact, not even humanoid nudity. The only people that are naked are robots. Which have boobs mildly shown a lot. because why would robots care about showing there privates or not? The only reason that I can think of showing this mild nudity in the manga or movie is to scare little kids and parents off. So that the series community isn't just a bunch of dumb kids. Of course some inmature kids might look at the nudity presented in the film and might get aroused by it. But other than that, the nudity shown isn't a real reason why kids shouldn't be able to watch this film. Even though a huge amount of people complain about why this should not be a kids movie for this exact reason. Now lets start on the language presented in the film. Now, I've never seen the english audio of the film but in the japanese audio. They do say the f bomb and s word some times. But in general, they don't swear much. And it is very infrequent. People get very confused what to rate this film. Youtube TV thinks it's Tv-14, some think its TV-MA and some just say that it's Not rated. Because it is hard to rate this film due to the rating guidelines we use when it comes to shows and movies. But to be honest, I think it could get away with barely being a PG-13 film. Overall, it isn't a movie for kids. But it doesn't have anything a kid cannot see. Due to the parents opinion.
age 14+

Action/Crime film in a sci-fi world with a Matrix feel to it has awesome moments

It is the year 2029. Technology has advanced so far that cyborgs are commonplace. In addition, human brains can connect to the internet directly. Major Motoko Kusanagi is an officer in Section 9, an elite, secretive police division that deals with special operations, including counter terrorism and cyber crime. She is currently on the trail of the Puppet Master, a cyber criminal who hacks into the brains of cyborgs in order to obtain information and to commit other crimes.
age 15+

Intelligent and thought-provoking, though not for younger audiences

Violence: Frequent gun usage, including pistols, machine guns, and the like, but they are mainly fired into buildings and machines. One gory (animated, cartoonish) scene at the beginning shows a man being shot; you see his bloody spinal column very briefly. Infrequent blood splatters. Another man is shot later on, and his bloodied ribcage is seen in the foreground. A disturbing scene in which a humanlike cyborg body jerks and vibrates. At the end, a cyborg body is torn apart after, mainly machinery is shown but the body's 'muscles' resemble those seen in a human anatomy diagram. None of the violence exists for shock value, nor is it treated as mere entertainment. Sex: No sex or sexual references whatsoever. However, the main character and another cyborg body are frequently seen in the nude. No genitals are shown, but breasts are exposed in about a quarter of the scenes in nonsexual context. If your child is mature enough to acknowledge that the female body does not have to be sexualized, there is no problem here. Swearing: Three uses of 'f*ck'---two are used in the background, one use is clear. 'Sh*t', 'damn', and 'hell' are used often. The usage of swear words here is reasonable given the characters' circumstances. Consumerism: None. Drugs: Two characters drink beer. One asks if the other is drunk, and they reply that due to their cyborg body they are unable to be. Messages: There is no clear message forced; that is for the viewer to decide. Important and shockingly relevant questions are raised about the essence of life and humanity, the line between AI and human brain being blurred a la Roko's Basilisk. This movie will spark discussion and thought and is no fun action flick. It will stick with its viewers for a long time. Along the line of positive messages, the characters look out for each other and are sympathetic, adhering to somewhat of a moral code. Role models: The Major, though she is a complex character, is a great example of a strong woman lead who doesn't have 'strong woman' as her sole personality trait. Unlike many anime and action films, women aren't objectified at all. Major Kusanagi doesn't exist as an intelligent and strong woman, she exists as an intelligent and strong person who happens to be a woman. The Major's friends and associates are honest and look out for each other, especially Batou. Still, they are not perfect characters and are realistic personas. This is a serious and intellectually intense movie. It is fittingly disturbing and far from lighthearted. I'm 14 and watched this; the content will not be a problem as long as your child understands the context, so the 15+ is flexible. Anyone who is mature enough to handle and be interested in philosophical movies like this one is mature enough to watch Ghost in the Shell.

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Great messages
age 15+

Introspective movie with partial nudity

This movie reflects on what it means to be human, and it does that with some violence and partial nudity. There are many positive messages, such as an overarching theme about how humanity is something you have despite any disabilities or prosthetics. There are some violent portions but they’re never lingered on; but most people seem to want to discuss and exaggerate the frequent partial nudity. It’s the upper half of a female human body. Nudity is completely natural and nothing to be ashamed or scared of. There are no acts of any explicit nature. Overall a good movie, some parts may be too violent for more sensitive viewers.

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Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+

this movie contains violence,language, nudity and some alcohol use
age 12+

my favorite movie ever

this movie has some violence and some language and some nudity
age 13+

age 13+

It’s art, not porn

Whilst yes the modern action film contains nudity to entice older audiences (or fanservice as referred to in anime) this film does it to enhance its message. The film asks what is human and what isn’t and what is right and wrong. The nudity especially is used to show the similarities between human and AI but in the sequence of the protagonist being created and her complete indifference to nudity shows the disconnect between her and her more human colleagues. The violence shows the world as it has been changed by people and their reliance on tech. The main premise is getting a AI back to the company it was produced in. This same AI calls itself sentient and seeks asylum and also wishes to reproduce and eventually die to become alive. This whole idea of the movie is to challenge human morals and where we draw the line, to fall it’s nudity just fanservice doesn’t do justice to the art that is the film. Before your children watch this film teach them what it means and it’s morals, the age rating should be reliant on whether or not a child can understand the film and see it for its meaning not if a child sees a pair of breasts, it would ruin the opportunity to watch a thought provoking film.

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Great messages
age 15+

Amazing Film

This is an amazing film that comes from a great manga and has spawned many great anime's. It is DEFINITELY for 15+ because it does have some nudity in it, but nothing TOO outrageous (no sex, no 'lower genitalia' etc.). It is fairly violent, but what does one expect from an action movie. It is also fairly matrix-esque so any matrix fans should enjoy this (fun fact, some scenes in the matrix are actually inspired by this). But overall i HIGHLY recommend this to anyone thinking about watching it (15+ of course!) because it is a great film and with a new film just around the corner (March 31st 2017) it is a good idea to get behind ghost in the shell now to prepare yourself for the new installment.