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Parents' Guide to

A Haunted House

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Vulgar horror movie spoof has sex, language, and drugs.

Movie R 2013 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+
i watched this with my 13 year old daughter and we really enjoyed it , though there were many adult themes

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 18+

Adult humor...not for kids!

Way too much sex and blasphemy.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (10 ):

A Haunted House is steeped in the crudest, most vulgar type of humor, milking laughs mainly out of uncomfortable sexual situations. Co-writer/star Wayans and his crew are clearly making an attempt to move beyond their usual "spoof" movies; there are fewer direct references to pop culture and more focus on characters and romantic relationships. Wayans even plays the movie's "straight man," giving the funniest lines to outsiders. But as a whole, it doesn't really work.

One character is gay and hot for Wayans' character, while the demon likes to have "sex" with Atkins' character, and the next-door neighbors are kinky "swingers." Other jokes are filled out with the usual farting, strong language, and drug references. On the plus side, the filmmakers have paid close attention to the Paranormal Activity movies and have mercilessly skewered their methods, and Cedric the Entertainer's arrival late in the movie is a breath of fresh air; his (clearly improvised) line deliveries provide the movie's few genuine laughs.

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