Cursed

  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Dumb werewolf movie may leave you feeling cursed.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

High school kids pick on a boy and accuse him of being gay (and use derogatory language about his supposed homosexuality).

Violence

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.

Sex

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?"

Language

Some strong language, including frequent use of "s---t".

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking and a brief reference to crack.

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.

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What's the story?

When twenty-something Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her teen brother Jimmy get into a car accident on a dark, winding road, they try to free the other driver of the car (Shannon Elizabeth), only to see her get dragged away by a large wolf. Ellie and Jimmy get scratched by the wolf, but don't think anything of it right away. After all, Ellie is focused on work and her new boyfriend Jake (Joshua Jackson) and Jimmy is busy trying to make it through the horrors of high school, where he is the victim of some bullying boys from the wrestling team. But soon tell-tale signs that Ellie and Jimmy were infected by a werewolf start emerging, and the siblings find themselves fighting the urge to go to the dark side.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the parent-less Ellie and Jimmy take care of each other. They could also discuss the way the movie handles homophobia.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 25, 2005
DVD release date:June 21, 2005
Cast:Christina Ricci, Joshua Jackson, Shannon Elizabeth
Director:Wes Craven
Studio:Dimension
Genre:Horror
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference

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Teen, 14 years old Written bypreteen April 9, 2008
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i loved it

it is the jumpest and funniest werewolf movie i ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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