Bride of Chucky

  • Review Date: September 20, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Grisly, tongue-in-cheek sequel isn't for kids.
  • Review Date: September 20, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Over-the-top violence and gore.

Sex

Sexual innuendo.

Language

Strong profanity.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens will want to watch this movie because of its affiliation with a long-running horror franchise. The film is filled with over-the-top violence and gore and is permeated with sexual innuendo. Characters curse, runaway from home, dress scantily, practice voodoo, have sex, and kill one another. Additionally, one character is coded as gay in a very stereotypical way.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The first Child's Play told the story of a doll possessed by the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray. In BRIDE OF CHUCKY, Chucky's former girlfriend, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) resurrects the plasticized love of her life using Voodoo for Dummies. When she finds out that Chucky (Brad Dourif) had never intended to marry her, Tiff locks up the pint-sized psychopath and buys him a bride doll as a joke. Of course, Chucky escapes and transfers Tiff's spirit into a wedding-gown clad doll. The pair set off to try to transfer their spirits into full-sized bodies, leaving a trail of carnage.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Horror film franchises, much like the supernatural killers they focus on, often just won't die. Bride of Chucky is the fourth installation in the Child's Play series, and it will not be the last. Nonetheless, not all sequels are bad, and this one successfully takes the low road to self-parody. Self-referential to an extreme, the movie pokes fun at itself and the entire horror genre.

As Tiffany, Jennifer Tilly demonstrates her ability to play a campy role to the hilt – obsessing about marriage and Martha Stewart while committing acts of unspeakable violence. The film's over-the-top plotline is echoed by a visual aesthetic that often seems to borrow from John Waters. In movies like this one, viewers see the horror genre begin to implode, and it is definitely fun to watch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the film's place within the horror genre and the stereotyping of gender and sexuality. The film is self-referential and often campy, with gore being taken to a cartoonish extreme. How does an excess of blood and gore serve to undermine the horror? How does the film make the characters' bad behavior humorous? What makes Chucky change his mind and decide to marry Tiffany? Why is Tiffany so fixated on marriage?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 16, 1998
DVD release date:March 23, 1999
Cast:Jennifer Tilly, John Ritter, Katherine Heigl
Director:Ronny Yu
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Horror
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong horror violence and gore, language, some sexual content and brief drug use

This review of Bride of Chucky was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byPlague February 1, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Bride of Chucky

I've always thought the Childs Play movies were more comedys than horrors. It might seem like a horror to some or even most kids, but all around, its not scary.
Teen, 15 years old Written bythecooldude1 February 2, 2011
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Mature teens only!

lots of violence and language this is a movie for mature teens
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byHamsterSandwich May 1, 2010
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

It's Alright...Just Alright

Not a very well-made edition to the franchise. Tiffany is a some-what memorable character. Chucky's "better half", if you will. She smokes, drinks, and kills people...lovely. There's also a sex-scene between her and Chucky. They only show shadows appearing on the wall behind them, though. Nothing graphic. The role models aren't too good. Well, Tiffany and Chucky are the main characters so...yeah. Good for teens who like slasher comedies, I guess.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Poll

What are the different ways that you access Common Sense Media ratings and information? (Check all that apply)

Essential Apps Guide