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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies-Teen Movie Review

 

“A woman is either highly trained or highly refined. One cannot be both in such times,” said Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James). Set in the 19th century England, the film centers around the four Bennet sisters, all who have been highly trained to kill zombies. In the quiet English village where they live, the dead are coming back to life to terrorize the land and it’s people. Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is the determined sister who desperately wants to destroy the zombies, however she is distracted by the arrogant Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley). Between the romances, the sword fights  and the zombies, the Bennet sisters  and their suitors come together to try and save their country.

 

 

 

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Pride, Prejudice and ZombiesRating: 4 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: May 31, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will kids/ Teens Like It?  Yes

 

 

Talking Points:

  • This is a very unique film and interesting film. Though very violent, teens who have read Jane Austen’s book, Pride and Prejudice, and those who also like zombies movies/ TV shows, will be highly entertained by this film.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • The women where revealing dresses, we see a lot of cleavage.
  • We see several couples kiss.
  • As the Bennet girls strap their knives in their boots, we see their lacy undergarments and bare legs.

Violent/Disturbing Content: 

  • We see numerous grotesque battle scenes with the undead zombies. Creatures are stabbed, slaughtered, thrown in ovens to be baked alive, and blown up.
  • The zombies are scary looking creatures, their faces are bloody and deformed.
  • Humans fight as well, we see several brutal scenes. Character’s are shown hitting and kicking one other. We see several sword fights.
  • A man is shown choking a girl, she finally fights back and throws him into a pillar.
  • We see bodies of soldiers with holes in their heads, as someone stole their brains.
  •  After too much alcohol consumption, Mrs. Bennet bites her daughter.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • We hear “b–tard,”  and “h–l.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • Characters are shown drinking at a ball. Mrs. Bennet drinks too much and gets drunk.

Will kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

  • I interviewed some teenagers, ages 16 and up, who loved the film. They’re fans of the TV series, The Walking Dead, and loved the zombie aspect of 19th century movie.

Overall Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an entertaining film for those who like zombie movies. Parents need to be aware of the excess violence. Depending on the child, I recommend this for kids ages 13 and up.

Krampus-Kids’ Movie Review

The Christmas season is a festive time of year to be with loved ones. However, for Max (Emjay Anthony), a pre-teen boy, things aren’t that wonderful. He misses the days when his family was happy and didn’t argue, but when he loses the Christmas spirit and has given up hope, Max’s world changes completely. Krampus, an enormous goat-like creature, and his creepy clan of toys, elves and gingerbread cookies arrive at Max’s house. His German Grandmother is familiar with the Krampus legend and says, “Krampus came not to reward, but to punish.” Not to give, but to take.” Now Max and his family must forget their differences and bond together to save one another and bring back the Christmas spirit.

 

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KrampusRating: 2 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: December 4, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate
Will kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

  • Krampus is a strange but thought provoking Christmas film. The wise German Grandmother tells the family that Krampus took everyone in her family after WWII except her. She said, “He left me as a reminder of what happens when hope is lost, when belief is forgotten, and when the Christmas spirit dies.” Grandma also explains to the family that the true meaning of Christmas is to focus on others’ needs, not our own selfish desires. Great parent/child discussion.
  • Though there are some wonderful messages, the film is very dark and creepy. See violent content below:

Sexual Content: Mild

  • There’s a joke about squirrels “playing with their nuts.”

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • A group of kids get into a fight wrestling and tackling one another.
  • Krampus is a very large and very creepy beast. When he invaded Max’s house, he brought with him evil stuffed animals and toys, creepy elves and wicked gingerbread cookies.
  • We see huge angels with bloody teeth, bears and clowns who try to devour the family. Sadly they do eat a child.
  • A baby is kidnapped.
  • Gingerbread cookies attack Uncle Howard with a nail gun.
  • A character is shown hanged by Christmas lights, then cut down.
  • The humans fight back and continuously shoot the evil creatures.
  • We see Krampus dropping two children into a deep fiery pit.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • The f-word is said twice. We also hear “sh-t,” “d–n,” “b–tard,” “a–,” “a–hole,”  “d–k,” and “b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

  • We see a teenage boy holding a Christmas bong.
  • Aunt Dorothy likes her alcohol. She shows three tweens how to make her favorite concoction of peppermint schnapps with hot chocolate; then offers the drinks to the tweens.

Will kids/ Teens Like It? Yes

  • Krampus will appeal to kids that like horror films.

Overall Krampus is a scary and creepy horror film. However, there are some redeeming qualities and noteworthy messages for kids. Parents need to be aware of the excessive violence and crude language throughout the film. Depending on the child, Krampus is appropriate for kids ages 13 and up.

Goosebumps-Kids’ Movie Review

Moving to a new city can be difficult, especially for a teenage boy whose father had just passed away. Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) is upset about moving from New York City to a small town in Delaware. Though things quickly change when Zach meets his beautiful new neighbor, Hannah (Odeya Rush). Zach discovers that Hannah’s father is R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling “Goosebumps” series.  Things get exciting when Zach accidentally releases the monsters from R. L. Stine’s novels. Now Zach’s boring  small town becomes an adventurous city. Goosebumps is a thrilling Halloween film, especially for pre-teens.

 

 

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GoosebumpsRating: 4 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: January 26, 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
Best Age Group: 10+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Mild
Drug and Alcohol Content: None
Will Kids Like It? Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

R. L. Stine, known as the “Stephen King of children’s literature,” is an author that kids and tweens are very familiar with. Goosebumps is a creative film, one that will most likely appeal to Stine’s fans. Parents need to be aware of the violent parts that will scare young kids.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • A teenage couple kiss.
  • Innocent flirting.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • The first monster to escape is the Abominable Snowman. He destroys an ice rink’s scoreboard, a Zamboni and a vending machine. He chases some teenagers as well.
  • We see close-up of snarling werewolves, which may scare youngsters.
  • A werewolf chases a group of teenagers through a grocery store.
  • A praying mantis grabs a boy through a school window. Later we see him in a neck brace.
  • Humans fight with ceramic gnomes, smashing them to the ground.
  • A monster closes a typewriter case on Stine’s finger, breaking most of them.
  • Aliens freeze most of the townspeople.
  • We see a group of half-decomposed zombies at a cemetery.
  • A group of monsters attend a high school dance, scaring the students.

Crude or Profane Language: Mild

  • “H—,” said once.

Drug and Alcohol Content: None

Will Kids like it? Yes

Overall this is a fun, though scary, Halloween film. Great for tweens who like scary movies.

 

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The Lazarus Effect-Teen Movie Review

The Lazarus Effect follows a group of medical students who are doing research… not to cure cancer or other life threatening diseases, but to bring back the dead. Initially they revive a deceased dog, however when they decide to resurrect a human, things don’t go so well. The woman comes back to life, but not the sweet person she once was. Now the students must figure out how to handle the consequences of a project they should never have begun.

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Lazerus EffectRating: 3 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets
Release Date: June 16, 2015
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Mild
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drug and Alcohol Content:
Mild
Will Kids Like It?
Yes

 

Talking Points:

  • Several of the medical students realize that trying to play God…isn’t the right thing to do.
  • The film is named after the Bible’s Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead. This could spark an interesting parent/child conversation.

Sexual Content: Mild

  • Character’s are shown kissing.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • We see large needles injected into human heads and animal heads.
  • A character is crushed to death in a metal cabinet.
  • A woman kills someone by grabbing their head and squeezing it.
  • Someone dies by choking on an e-cigarette.
  • A woman is electrocuted, we see burns and welts on her ring finger.

Crude and Profane Language: Moderate

  • We hear the f-word. Also, “sh-t,” “a–,” “h–,” “d–n,” and “b–ch.”

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see character’s smoking regular and e-cigarettes.
  • Characters are shown drinking wine.

Will it Appeal to Most Kids? Yes

  • I interviewed some pre-teens after the film, they love horror films so of course they liked this movie.  However they were hoping it would be scarier.

 

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Vampire Academy-Kids Movie Review

At St. Vladimir’s Academy you won’t find the beloved Twilight vampires, Edward Cullen or Bella Swan, however you will find Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) and her best friend Princess Lissa Dragomir. Rose is a dhampir, the half human, half vampire clan who protect the good vampires from the bad vampires. Lissa is a Moroi, the good vampires that can peacefully co-exist amongst humans. Then there are the Strigois, the evil vampires who drink to kill. Though you won’t find the Twilight vampires in this series, you will still find drama, romance and conflict between the good vampires vs. evil vampires. Vampire Academy, based on the young adult novel, “Vampire Academy,” is an action packed teenage drama.

Vampire AcademyRating: 3 out of 5 buckets
Release Date: February 7, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG13
Best Age Group: 13+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Moderate
Drugs and Alcohol: None
Will it Appeal to Teens? Yes

 

Talking Points:

There are some “mean girl” teenage issues in the film, however at the end of the movie a teenage girl delivers a speech to her classmates. She states the importance of  being kind to one another and to let go of the petty behavior that was portrayed throughout the film.

Kids that have read the book will most likely enjoy the film…adults may want to catch another movie.

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • Teen couples are shown kissing  and making out.
  • There are sexual references and discussions regarding losing ones virginity, wet dreams, a threesome and herpes.
  • We see Rose, wearing only a bra and underwear,  in bed making out with a guy she has a crush on. He’s seen only wearing boxers.
  • Rose is labeled as a “blood whore.”

Violent Content: Excessive

  • There are numerous battles with gun shots, stabbings, punches, kicks and body slams.
  • We see the good vampires feed on humans. This is a little disturbing because the humans thought they were going to  a blood drive. The vampires bite the humans’ wrists, sometimes leaving a little blood on their face.
  • We see vampire attacks, resulting in multiple casualties.
  • We hear someone’s leg breaking and another character’s neck being broken.
  • A mangled dead fox is shown hanging outside someones door.
  • A girl’s cat is killed, then put in her backpack.

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

  • “B–ch,” “a–,” “d–n,” and “h–,’ are each said numerous times.

Drugs and Alcohol: Mild

  • Vampires are shown drinking blood from wine glasses.

Will it Appeal to Kids? Yes

  • I interviewed four teenagers that had read the book. They all loved the movie and said it was similar to the book, though a little corny.

Overall this is an action packed film with romance and comedy permeated throughout the film. Depending on the child, this film is appropriate for kids ages 13 and up.