Parents' Guide to

Parasite

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Brilliant Korean social satire has dark comedy, violence.

Movie R 2019 132 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 33 parent reviews

age 15+

Dark comedy with violent ending for some characters.

Interesting movie with complex layers. Funny in parts but also quite disturbing at the same time. It starts off reasonably but the violence builds up progressively towards a big bang towards the end. There are references to differences in social class as well.
age 14+

The best movie you will ever watch.

This is the best movie I’ve seen. Parasite, the first non-American film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, is a masterpiece created by Bong Joon-Ho. The plot changes very quickly at some points, but is easy to keep up with. Here is a non-spoiler review. VIOLENCE: SEVERE (Keep note that most of the violence is toward the end.) People purposely put peach fuzz on a person with severe allergies to get them fired from their job. Two families briefly fight but are interrupted by a phone call. A man chokes a young adult using circular wire, then bashing a heavy rock on his head twice. (Blood around his head and smeared all over the killers face.) He then grabs a knife and goes outside to a child’s birthday party to kill more people. ROMANCE: MODERATE A woman takes off her underwear in her car, no nudity shown. A man briefly grabs a woman’s butt. Two people lay down on a couch and begin touching each other, more awkward than graphic with no nudity shown. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Only shown in English subtitles, not too bad. OVERALL: 10/10 Best movie you could ever watch. My rating is Rated R for some language, brief strong/bloody violence and sexual content.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (33 ):
Kids say (82 ):

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho already has an impeccable track record, but he's stepped up his game with this brilliant, powerfully revealing social satire. Certainly Parasite might feel uneven to some audiences because of its radical shifts in tone -- from clever comedy to violent, dark tragedy -- but it's more likely that Bong has executed everything as planned. Each insignificant detail, from the young boy Da-song's love of Native Americans to a peach allergy to the Kim family's sad little half-basement apartment, has been planted for some specific, exacting reason.

Cleanly and slickly constructed, Parasite takes perverse pleasure in scamming the rich during its leisurely, funny first half, and that pleasure is contagious. When the second half comes, it's not only a narrative shock, but it also forces viewers to ask hard questions about why the first half was so enjoyable. In earlier films like The Host, Snowpiercer, and Okja, Bong slyly explored the impact that humans have had on our environment. In Parasite, he looks at an even bigger picture. He wonders why humans tend to look away from, or insulate themselves from, others' troubles and suffering. In this movie, reaching the high ground is certainly desirable, but those occupying the low ground aren't going anywhere.

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