X-Files, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +4

Content: -2

Not for the faint-hearted or paranoid, THE X-FILES serves up large portions of non-stop action and scary scenarios about alien viruses infecting us earthlings. TV stars of the popular X-Files drama, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, play their same roles as FBI agents Scully and Molder, respectively. Their famous "X-files" dealing with the paranormal have been closed and they now must operate within the bureaucratic structure of the agency. A young boy's mysterious disappearance after a fall into a pit in rural North Texas occurs as Scully and Molder are in Dallas investigating a bomb threat in the Federal Building. When they begin to see a connection between the two incidents, as well as evidence of a government conspiracy, their careers and lives are threatened. Refusing to be intimidated, Molder and Scully conduct their own investigation, subjecting themselves to one life-threatening incident after another. It all culminates in a heart-stopping rescue effort in a futuristic underground laboratory in Antarctica. How will they stop a deadly virus that can be spread by a seemingly innocuous bee sting? No doubt the excitement, non-stop suspense and action, plus the advance publicity hype will make THE X-FILES one of this summer's top hits. By the way, watch out for that bee buzzing in your yard.

Gruesome images of human bodies invaded by an extraterrestrial virus that devours bodies and gestates into a horrible looking monster are frequent and graphic. Some are frozen in blocks of ice in a huge experimental laboratory and come to life when their ice coffins are broken open. Also, a scientist buried alive with these writhing monsters, along with some bloody gunshot wounds and massive explosions add to the movie's scary moments. How this kind of excessive violence as a main source of entertainment will affect viewers, especially children, is scarier than the actual images. Without becoming sexually involved, Scully and Molder display genuine care for each other, and Molder risks his life for her. This PG-13 movie definitely deserves an R rating even though there is no sexual content or nudity, and rather subdued foul language. Several regular profanities and obscenities are enough to give THE X-FILES a moderately negative rating. However, its glamorized, excessive violence just hammers these vivid images into immature minds and further desensitizes them to gore.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor:
20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few (4) times - Mild 1, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Several (8) times - s-word 5, other 3

Profanity: Several (8) times - Regular 6 (J 3, G-d 2, God's sake 1), Exclamatory 2

Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (hideous images of corpses partially devoured by alien virus; live people infected by virus and stored in blocks of ice; scientist trapped in laboratory with writhing monsters; massive explosions; bloody gunshot wounds and killings; pair almost killed by avalanche; man falls down steep wall)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Once (man drinks heavily in bar), cigarette smoking

Other: None

Running Time: 120 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and adults


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