Parents' Guide to

Alone at Night

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Flashy but empty horror/mystery has sex and drugs.

Movie NR 2023 90 minutes
Alone at Night Movie: Poster - Ashley Benson peers, frightened, between what appears to be purple curtains

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Made in the self-aware, meta-style of the Scream movies, this slasher/whodunit has some wit and vigor, but in the end it's all flash, not dissimilar from the vapid reality show it purports to parody. Resilient but vulnerable, Benson is very likable as the main character in Alone at Night, and she goes a long way in carrying it. There's also a strong sense of the sadness and deception of the webcam industry, although one custoer of Vicky's (played by Luis Guzman) is uncharacteristically happy, pleased to simply chat with her, tell her how beautiful she is, and teach her how to dance (he really just wants to re-kindle his relationship with his wife). But when it comes to the thriller stuff, Alone at Night sets itself up as a brutal slasher (albeit one with awful shaky-cam action) and then makes viewers wait as it turns into a half-baked "mystery." Additionally, while the Paris Hilton reality show angle is an obnoxiously effective parody, it ultimately has little to nothing to do with the rest of the movie.

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