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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
High school kids pick on a boy and accuse him of being gay (and use derogatory language about his supposed homosexuality).
Violence & Scariness
Characters are bitten, scratched, and ripped open by werewolves -- blood is shown. A werewolf is shot many times. There's a violent car crash. A few suspenseful scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A bare male and female backside. A gay teen makes a pass at another boy. Ellie asks her teen brother, "Why can't you download porn like the other teenaged boys?"
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Some strong language, including frequent use of "s---t".
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and a brief reference to crack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this PG-13 horror film is pretty tame compared to the R-rated gore-fests out there, but unfortunately it's just a really bad movie. Teens are more likely to laugh at the low-budget special effects than have nightmares. There are some bloody killings, but that the violence is not as graphic as what appears in R-rated movies. There is some strong language and a few naked backsides. A group of high schoolers gang up on Jimmy and accuse him of being gay and use derogatory language about his supposed homosexuality. It turns out, however, that one of these "cool kids" is actually gay, and he makes a pass at Jimmy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's hard to tell if Cursed is supposed to be a campy, sarcastic film like Scream or a true horror movie. Although it offers funny touches like a Scott Baio cameo, it's not clever and biting enough to be a send-up of horror movies, but it's not scary enough to be a horror movie, either. Basically, it's a just a mess of a movie -- that's the best that can be said about it.
Originally rated R, the film was reshot and edited down to make it PG-13. It appears that a sensible plot and any kind of character development were edited out as well. And they must have run out of money before they hired the special effects team, because the computer-generated werewolves look fake and decidedly not scary. They would have been better off not showing the werewolves at all, because then the anticipation of seeing the beasts would create some real interest and suspense.
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