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Parents' Guide to

Cursed

By Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dumb werewolf movie may leave you feeling cursed.

Movie PG-13 2005 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Not for kids

I’d like to watch this with my husband... when the kids are asleep! My 10 and 12 year old boys saw the first episode but it definitely wasn’t appropriate for my 10 year old. It’s too bloody and gory. Maybe in a few years.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

Not that bad - worth a look!

This film isn't that bad, you will either love it or hate it. I watched for the beautiful & talented Christina Ricci. I think the story was meant to be more funny than serious, that's why a lot of people label it as being stupid or cheesy. I watched the special features on DVD and it was said by the director that the whole werewolf concept was supposed to be comedy. Anyway, the film itself was pretty good and it has a few good laughs to offer. The werewolves looked more like props, very unreal looking. It was not scary, but rather suspenseful with a bit of an eerie vibe throughout. The werewolves are actual people who turn into the wolves ans then back to human form (which was weird) so first time watchers may be confused at who is werewolf and who isn't. Just a fun flick to kill time with when you're in the mood.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 25, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: June 21, 2005
  • Cast: Christina Ricci , Joshua Jackson , Shannon Elizabeth
  • Director: Wes Craven
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Dimension
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence, sexual content, crude humor and a drug reference
  • Last updated: September 18, 2023

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