A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Bravery and teamwork can overcome difficult odds. It's important to overcome fear and self-doubt. A deaf girl is allowed to be a real character, not defined entirely by her deafness, and characters communicate via American Sign Language.
Positive Role Models
Father shown to be resourceful and caring toward family but also fearless when protecting them. Mother is endlessly brave, also while protecting her children. Violence sometimes required, and children sometimes placed, inadvertently, in harm's way. A character blames herself for a tragedy, and another family member learns that to tell her he loves her means more to her than he can guess.
Violence & Scariness
A young boy is attacked (and killed, offscreen) by a monster; he's quickly snatched away in the blink of an eye. Children in jeopardy. A monster kills a raccoon, with blood spurt. A woman's body is torn to shreds. A bare foot steps on a protruding nail, with blood puddles. Blood puddles in tub. Bloody handprint. Some guns and shooting. A man commits suicide by screaming and letting monsters grab him. Family members argue. Jump scares/sudden noises. Small baby placed in a box (to protect him from monsters).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A pregnant woman gives birth (offscreen).
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Products & Purchases
Monopoly game shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bottles of prescription drugs shown; pill given to sick boy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Quiet Place is a horror movie about a family that avoids deadly monsters by staying quiet and communicating via American Sign Language. The family survives through teamwork and bravery, even when they're scared or unsure. Expect monster violence, including blood spurts and puddles (a character steps on a nail and leaves bloody footprints), as well as guns and shooting. Children, including a baby, are in peril, and one child is swept away and killed (offscreen) by a monster. A mangled corpse is briefly shown, and characters commit suicide by shouting. There's also some arguing and a few jump scares. A pregnant woman goes into labor and gives birth (offscreen). This is a clever, gripping, satisfying horror movie that should appeal not just to horror hounds but to casual viewers as well. John Krasinski (who also directed and co-wrote) and Emily Blunt co-star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This gripping, clever monster movie is one of those rare genre treats that seizes on a simple, unique idea and executes it so perfectly and concisely that it elicits satisfying squeals of delight. It's directed and co-written by Krasinski, who's best known for his work in comedy but translates his experience in that genre to the expert building and releasing of tension here. A Quiet Place is, in many ways, like an extended classic horror movie sequence, such as famous ones in The Birds or Aliens, wherein the heroes must try not to disturb packs of resting monsters.
At the same time, Krasinski uses his quiet moments like music, ranging from moments of restful beauty -- including a father-son trip to a waterfall, where it's noisy enough that they can talk and even shout -- to moments of pause. A loud noise can cause a jump, but it's immediately followed by tension and dread: Will the creatures come this time? The real beauty is the movie's primal quality, based on the most basic elements of life, such as survival and protection of the species. No explanation is given for the monsters' existence; they, like us, are just here. Images of water, sand, bare feet, crops, and plant life serve to underline the theme of life itself. A few overly familiar horror movie clichés keep it from being perfect, but otherwise A Quiet Place is so good that it will leave viewers speechless.
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