The Frighteners

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.

R 1996 110 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 12+

This review is wrong!

This movie doesnt deserve the 18+, If your stupid organization has actually watched the movie it isnt as bad. Also your misleading information is tricking parents into thinkin 18+. The violence is very unrealistic but the only scenes I could think violent is the scene where we see a old woman in a bed shot with a shotgun and the scene where a man gets his head blown off but that scene isn't really that violent. Your review is too far and you gave movies worse than this a 15+, Why would we call you common sense media anyhow. Even an 8 year old could find this ok! The violence is cartoony and this site sucks! So please look closely when making reviews, not just see the trailer. Also this film almost got a pg-13 but the stupid mpaa had to give this one R just for a bit of violence and you give it an 18+ Your site is a c--ck sh-t stupid. Im done with this shitty review also when I hear common sense media, where is the common sense!

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Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 11+

Fun and Scary Ghost Movie

I think this movie is very underrated; I wasn't expecting a lot based off the other reviews. The movie is really a PG-13 movie with one scene that feels like it hits the R for violence (but even that in today's cinema still feels PG-13). Michael J. Fox is great as a grieving ghost seeing con man who is going to be pulled into the hero role despite his insistence that he isn't a good guy. The cinematography and direction are beautiful with a great mix of different shots and techniques which make it visually very interesting to watch as well as the techniques enhancing the drama and character emotions. I really appreciated that the woman lead, Trini Alvarado, wasn't sexualized, and was complex, smart, caring, and kick ass.

This title has:

Too much violence

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