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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Tasteless zombie horror-comedy has tons of cartoonish gore.

Movie R 2015 88 minutes
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Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Don't know what to call this headline lol.

I don't know how I would say how great this movie is. No, I don't see any sex. Obviously violence since its a zombie film. Only some swearing. Many children have early "dinner" while feasting on the principal in the open tearing his meat and bones. Very graphic. Incredible amount of blood and gore. In the beginning, a young girl bites an infested nugget which can make someone like me nauseous. Can ruin your appetite in a heart beat if your eating while watching it! A mother gets eaten alive by her own child and the zombie kid gives the baby the virus, to. Also bullying in the beginning to a zombie kid by human children saying "She aint going through puberty and her tits are small" Not a thing children should be saying. Make sure to read my other reviews for good opinions on popular movies. Thanks!
age 18+

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Too Much Swearing Is Present In This Movie But Otherwise Unless Your Under 18 Years Old Watch It! Because It Is Rated R

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Starting off promisingly with an utterly gruesome prologue (you'll never eat chicken nuggets again) and some funny, likable characters, this horror-comedy eventually becomes bland and tasteless. Co-written by Leigh Whannell, who helped concoct the Saw and Insidious movies, COOTIES might have started out as a good idea, and it certainly attracted a fine cast. It also makes some wry, satirical comments about modern schooling and parenting (with Ritalin and Adderall making appearances), as well as pleading a heartfelt defense of the teaching profession.

But the idea of kids as zombies -- with adults beating, bashing, pummeling, and slashing them -- gets distasteful and sour, and the laughs stop. Plus, the movie loses interest in the humans, and they turn into cliches. (There's even an unfunny Asian stereotype.) It's evident that co-directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion ended up in a corner with no way out, especially given Cooties' weirdly abrupt ending.

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