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"COWBOYS & ALIENS"
(2011) (Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Extreme
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Sci-fi/Western: A town in the Old West is terrorized by extraterrestrials, forcing an uneasy alliance between a ruthless cattle baron, an amnesiac gunman, and the local populace.
PLOT:
In the Old West, a gunfighter named Jake Lonergan (DANIEL CRAIG) wakes up in the middle of the Arizona desert with no memory of who he is, how he got there, or what the strange device on his wrist is. He makes his way to the town of Absolution where he runs afoul of Woodrow Dolarhyde (HARRISON FORD), a local cattle baron, and his hotheaded son Percy (PAUL DANO); is shadowed by a mysterious woman named Ella (OLIVIA WILDE); and is arrested by Sheriff John Taggart (KEITH CARRADINE) for robbing a stagecoach.

As he is about to be taken off to prison, Absolution suddenly comes under attack by extraterrestrials who kidnap several of the town's residents and lay waste to many of its buildings. His son among the missing, Dolarhyde forms a posse to go hunt the aliens. That includes Meachem (CLANCY BROWN), the town's preacher; Doc (SAM ROCKWELL), the local saloon owner; and Nat Colorado (ADAM BEACH), a Native American who Woodrow has employed since he was a boy.

Jake eventually joins them after having recurring visions of a woman he once loved being captured and killed by the aliens. They eventually team up with a group of outlaws Jake once led and betrayed, along with a local Indian tribe to launch an all-out assault on the aliens' spaceship and get their people back.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Yes, especially teens who will be attracted to the film's sci-fi and action elements.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity, and a brief crude reference.


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