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Parents' Guide to

Cellular

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so thriller that is too intense for tweens.

Movie PG-13 2004 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Great but intense violence

lots of intense violence but gret movie to watch with kids that dont get scared easily.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
age 14+

Great for adults, not for kids!

I think this is a great movie for adults but for kids under 14, I don't think its appropriate. The language in this movie is my main concern. Sh*t is said more then 32 times, Bullsh*t is said at least 5, A**hole is said twice, A** is said twice, Bast*rd is said once, D*ckhead is said once, B*tch is said at least six times, Jesus Chr*st is used and the mother of all swear words the F word is used once. There is also talk about a females nipples and talk of a penis. There was a few highlights in this movie. The fact that a strainger would be willing to go out of his way to help someone hes never even met. It kinda makes you wonder if someone would actually be willing to do this for someone else. I think its best for parents to wait till the kids are at least 14 to view this movie because of the language and the violence.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This serviceable little thriller suffers even more than most from the dreaded "none of this would have happened if our hero had even made one logical choice" syndrome. But it more than makes up for it with its brisk pace (less than 90 minutes long) and the satisfyingly clever use of some of today's most universal annoyances: people who blare loud rap music from their cars, cell phone dropped connections; obnoxiously unhelpful salespeople; cell phone battery failures; arrogant people in ostentatious sports cars; and cell phones that ring at the wrong time.

Ryan's behavior for the first 2/3 of CELLULAR is so purely idiotic that there is no room left over to feel much tension or indeed any emotion other than irritation at the complete failure of logic or intelligence by just about every character except for Mrs. Wizard up there in the attic. Once it gets going, though, there are some clever twists and pleasurable thrills, mostly provided by the always-watchable William H. Macy as a cop named Mooney who is just about to retire to run a day spa. The result is a silly summer thriller somehow languishing as a fall release.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 10, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: January 18, 2005
  • Cast: Jessica Biel , Kim Basinger , William H. Macy
  • Director: David R. Ellis
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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