Independence Day

Independence Day Cover Art

1996 Action

Rated PG-13

2 hours 25 minutes

This movie is exhausting to watch.

Excitement Rating - excitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement pointexcitement point

Notes About the Violence

This movie definitely pushes the limits of Skipping Scenes...but it is a very exciting movie and a lot of fun to watch, but there is one sequence that is just downright awful. If you are very sensitive, you may want to skip this movie. But if you have a pal that can ensure that you see no part of that one awful scene, then go for it!

Not Included in Scenes

The presence of aliens and general destruction.

General Warning

The 10th scene is off-the-charts bad, it is OK for listening, but don't watch it...we would probably rank it as the worst scene of all Skipping Scene's movies.


16 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

"We still have zero visibility...Instrumentation is malfunctioning ...We can't get any kind of reading of what's in front of us...Wait a a minute ..." - pilot on a radio with the President listening

Plane is incinerated.

"Line is gone sir...two more have been spotted over the Atlantic" - military personnel in Oval office

23 minutes
OK - Nothing to Worry AboutOK

David goes up to the roof of the cable company...police car stops

Lots of car crashing

"The signal" - David

42 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Welcome wagon helicopter is hovering near spaceship "It looks like there is some kind of activity. Here...This may be some type of response, EchoOne." -pilot

Spaceship shoots down the helicopters

"We are evacuating. I repeat. We are evacuating the White House" - Secret Service

46 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

Clock on David's computer counts down to zero "Time's up." This starts a long sequence of cities being blown up but nothing graphic is shown, except one quick shot of someone being thrown sideways into a windshield but no blood

Spaceships blow up all major cities

You hear Jasmine yelling Boomer! And most importantly the dog is fine. It is completely safe when it goes quiet.

56 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"Knights pull up! Pull up! ...Knight 3 Pull up!" - Hiller
"Controls are showing failure of stats" - Knight3 pilot
This starts a sequence of many pilots being shot down, the pilot is shown blowing up, but not particularly graphic

Fighter planes blow up

"Where's the monitor? Where's the picture?....We've lost the satellite" - radar operators

59 minutes
Distressing - Play Actingdistressing

"Don't do nothing stupid over there" - Hiller
"You know me" - Jimmy
"That's what I'm talking about" - Hiller

Jimmy's plane is blown up and base is attacked

"What are you shooting at? Where you at baby? Come on! Come on!" - Hiller

1 hour 2 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

"Ship all banged up! Who's the man?" - Hiller walks up to the alien spaceship

The alien suddenly appears and Hiller punches it

"Welcome to Earth" - Hiller

1 hour 6 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

On Air Force one...
"Excuse me, Mr President...That's not entirely true" - Nimziki
What? Which part? David

Jasmine is driving truck and picking up injured people. Injured woman is shown close up, First Lady is found badly injured

"You know this was supposed to be my weekend off" - Hiller

1 hour 15 minutes
Violent - Realistic Violenceviolent

Down in Area 51
"This is the vault...or some of us have come to call it The Freak Show" - Dr Okun

Dead aliens are shown

"Let him pass! Let him pass!" - Security guard
"Get the hell out of the way" - Hiller

1 hour 19 minutes
Recommend SkipingSkip Intense - Disturbing Violenceintense

!!!!This whole next scene is off-the-charts bad!!!!
...listening is fine for plot line
Jasmine and First Lady are talking
"I didn't want to say nothing...I voted for the other guy". -Jasmine

Alien parts....seriously. Then alien kills Dr Oken and speaks through him..alien sends thoughts through president, which hurts him...finally they kill the alien

Don't be fooled by a silent pauses...
"I take it you've heard" - Spano
"Hey a toast to the end of the world" - David

2 hours 2 minutes
Mild - No Act of Violencemild

"We're stuck. It's not responding, we're stuck" - Hiller,
The scene then moves back to Area 51 where aliens shoot at people on the ground. The scene is not too bad except at the very end when the Press Secretary gets to door.

People are blown up

"Steve! Steve!" - David