Parents' Guide to

Frequency

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Scary, tense, grisly mystery-thriller.

Movie PG-13 2000 118 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 14+

What parents need to know

While this film has some positive messages about father and son relationships, there are a few things that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. There is talk of sexual assault, photos of dead females, one scene where the father finds a dead nurse with her blouse torn open and her bra explosed, and a scene with a close-up of a man getting his hand blown off with a shotgun. There is also a scene where the young son finds the perp on top of his mother in bed, pinning her down. In addition to violence there is also some adult language. The sexual violence is mostly inferred and not directly shown.
age 10+

My favourite non-animated movie

I think this movie is a very good movie and any kid 11 and up should be able to and should watch it. This movie makes you think ahead and plan to find out what happens. The ending is very interesting and I’m not going to spoil it so you can watch this movie as well and enjoy hopefully as much as I did. This movie is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At some points it is emotional but even has some funny part... IT HAS EVERYTHING. Would recommend to everyone.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (8 ):

In FREQUENCY, Caviezel perfectly conveys John's sense of loss and his integrity, subtly showing us how each set of experiences affected his behavior and his life in a different way. His talks with Frank are very moving. Quaid has his best role since The Big Easy and gets a chance to let viewers see his enormous charm in the character's devotion to his family and his job. As Frank's wife/John's mom, Elizabeth Mitchell is lovely, warm, and, in a scene with André Braugher as Frank's policeman friend, as strong and determined as her husband and son.

That said, things do get pretty confusing. This is one of those movies where the audience walks out saying things like, "Wait a minute! You mean when the guy came down the stairs it meant ... ?" "How did that other guy get there?" But it's good enough that, like The Sixth Sense, fans may want to watch again just to straighten it all out. Warning, though: It has some of the worst old-age make-up ever.

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