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It- Teen Movie Review

It’s summer and the young teens are supposed to play outside with their friends and have fun! That’s the initial plan for a group of middle school outcasts from the town of Derry, Maine. Set in 1988, the young teens start their summer by running away from the cruel and evil bullies in their small town. That’s not their only problem. Things get creepy as kids start disappearing. Luckily, their new friend, Ben, discovers that strange things seem to happen in cycles of 27 years which leads them to a well in the basement of a creepy old house. Bill, a boy in the group whose brother disappeared, is determined to stop whatever killed his brother and has the help of his group of misfit friends. It is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel.

 

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ItRating: 2.5 buckets out of 5
Release Date: September 8, 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Best Age Group: 15+
Sexual Content: Moderate
Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive
Crude or Profane Language: Excessive
Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild
Will Kids Like It?  Yes

 

 

 

Talking Points:

Sexual Content: Moderate

  • There are rumors that a teenage girl  slept with many guys.
  • There are sexual jokes by 13-year-olds. They mention; “periods,” “vagina,”  “birth control pills,” etc.
  • Teens go swimming in their underwear and the boys admire the teenage girl with them. She’s shown in her bra and panties.
  • An abusive father acts in a creepy and sexual way toward his teenage daughter.

Violent/Disturbing Content: Excessive

  • The clown is very scary and will terrify kids. He’s shown periodically throughout the film.
  • Lots of bullying. A bully carves up a kid’s stomach with a knife and stabs a man with the same knife.
  • Bullies shoot guns, kick, punch and beat up their peers.
  • There are scenes showing a lot of blood. In one scene a bathroom is covered in blood and the kids clean it up.
  • We see kids beating the clown with sharp objects.
  • We see the clown bite a child’s arm off.
  • A clown is stabbed through the face.
  • A sheep is killed with a bolt gun by one of the bullies.

Crude or Profane Language: Excessive

  • We hear the f-word numerous times, also  “sh-t,”  “a–,” and “d–n. It’s typically young teens using the harsh language.

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

  • We see an abusive father drinking beer.
  • Character’s are shown smoking cigarettes.

Will Teen Like It?  Yes

  • The story involves a group of middle school aged kids which will appeal to kids. I interviewed some teenage boys who enjoyed it. They were scared, but thought some parts were funny.

Overall this is an entertaining horror film, one that teens will be eager to see. Parents need to be aware of the excessive and disturbing violence, also the excessive language.

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.

 

The Lazarus Effect-Teen Movie Review