A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brings up issues of what it means to help someone (and whether help is actually wanted), as well as issues of trust (when and whether to believe someone).
Positive Role Models
Michelle is a strong female character. While she admits that she has a tendency to run away from her problems (as she does in the opening scene), ultimately she's clever, inventive, and brave, especially when under pressure.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting; characters die. Big, loud, scary car crash. Sci-fi violence, explosions. Woman chained to a wall. Character makes a weapon from a crutch and uses it to attack her captor. Bottle smashed against a head; the bleeding cut is stitched by hand. Knife attack. Rotting, dead pigs. Bodies dissolving in acid. Woman with diseased, gory face. Dried blood. High tension, arguing, yelling. Characters tell mildly violent stories of their past.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female character shown in underwear.
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A use of "f--k"; a use of "s--t." Also "bitch," "turd," and "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
iPhone is seen and used several times. Several board games are mentioned by name or shown (Operation, Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, etc.)
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink a homemade clear liquor in one scene ("technically it's vodka"); used more for medicinal purposes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 10 Cloverfield Lane is loosely connected to 2008's Cloverfield, but it has different characters, a different setting, and a different approach: Rather than a monster movie, this is a sci-fi thriller in which the threat is kept a mystery until the climax. There's sci-fi/fantasy violence, as well as explosions, deaths, guns and shooting, knives, bottle-smashing, some blood/bloody wounds,and some other startling images (dead, rotting pigs; a woman with a gory face; a loud car crash, etc.). Language is brief but does include one use of "f--k" and one use of "s--t." Sex isn't an issue, though the female lead is shown in her underwear in one sequence. Characters drink homemade vodka in one scene, mostly for medicinal purposes (and a laugh). Some teens will be disappointed by the dissimilarity between this and the original, but many will be interested in seeing it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Designed to recall but not imitate Cloverfield (2008), this semi-sequel uses three fine actors and a clever script to craft a creepy sci-fi mystery that tingles the brain until the final moments. It feels like a compact movie that's dependent more on ideas than on effects; the strong performances help sell that. The climax, while exciting, also relies on a low-budget sensibility, finishing the job quickly and cleanly.
If the movie has a fault, it's that it seems to rely on pumped-up music and sound effects to create scares; every sudden noise can make you jump, and it's nerve-jangling. This kind of energy could have been put into expanding the building tension in the locked room, which might have made a better movie. But 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE is still spirited, prickly fun. It's quite a bit different from its predecessor but still worth seeing.
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