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By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Creepy/clever creature feature with touches of humor.

Movie PG-13 1990 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 13+

Good Film; Use Discretion

Better than I expected; worth watching even for adults. Pretty solid story line for this genre, as long as you haven't done too much research on spiders. Good message about facing fears, typical pg-13 language. This movie is intense and may have a unique effect on viewers since spiders are ubiquitous as opposed to the antagonists in other scary films. Pretty much ok for young teens in my opinion, but there is one shot that pans down a teenage girl's bare torso. It's zoomed in to avoid the really important parts, but it's still clear what you're looking at. Adults drink wine and punch. A grieving parent is drunk.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 7+

Great movie too much violence in the spiders bite. People ending is great. I’m not gonna spoil it though 10+

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (30 ):

Hailing from Steven Spielberg's production company, with a touch of the Gremlins vibe of little monsters doing big damage, ARACHNOPHOBIA is an undeniably fun ride. It actually plays on a number of fears, spiders being only the most obvious and marketable to the thrill-hungry audience. For grownups there's the additional angst of the phobic hero (a very nice everyman role for Jeff Daniels), a transplant from the big city who finds his new job opportunity evaporating, his new house purchase a wreck, and his new neighbors turning against him. That's a very Hitchcockian touch, and a lot of critics did compare Arachnophobia to The Birds, though this movie is much more comical in its characterizations and mayhem.

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