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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Curiosity, compassion, and nonviolence seem to come out ahead in the movie, although the ending casts something of an ambiguous shadow on the message.
Positive Role Models
Characters who show compassion and a desire to connect -- rather than to open fire -- are valued. One interesting character is nonbinary and says "I'm not a her!" when someone refers to them as female.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Characters are shot; blood spatters. Character killed by invisible force, neck snapping. Teens fight, shove, kick. Birds smash into window, leaving blood spots. Character smothered to death by flower petals. Creepy, scary, nightmarish imagery. Strange global phenomenon with "millions gone missing"; vague threats.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss. Reference to teens "making out." Woman in revealing negligee splayed on a bed. Man in underwear.
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Several uses of "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bulls--t," and "hell," plus exclamatory use of "Jesus" and "Christ."
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Products & Purchases
Reference to Netflix.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief visual and description of a beer bong.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doors is a flawed but interesting sci-fi anthology movie about several characters who are trying to understand and interact with mysterious "doors" that suddenly appear on Earth. Violence includes guns and shooting, with characters getting shot. A character's neck is broken by an invisible force, and teens fight, shove, and kick. Birds smash into a window, leaving blood spots. There's also creepy, dreamlike imagery (a person is seemingly smothered by flower petals), vague threats, and a generally unsettling effect. Teens kiss, there's dialogue about teens "making out," and a character is said to be pregnant. Language includes several uses of "f--k" and "s--t." There's a quick image and description of a beer bong. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes a bit inert and intermittently frustrating, this sci-fi anthology movie still has enough intriguing ideas and arresting visuals to make it worth seeing -- and worth thinking about. Doors is fairly cohesive for an anthology film, given that the three main stories take place in the same world and within the same situation, just at different times. The movie's wraparound segments and coda feature a podcaster called Martin Midnight, who snarkily comments on the events, although it becomes clear that the movie isn't really on board with him. Interestingly, sympathies here seem to lie with those who are more liable to try to connect and communicate than to blow things sky high.
The focus of the first segment is Ash, who is nonbinary (they correct a classmate with "I am not a her!"). The door in this episode speaks directly to them. The second segment is notable for its eerie dream logic, which depicts the ever shifting realities inside the doors that seem determined to test those who come inside. The third segment is the least dynamic but again seems to frown on violence and to champion connection -- although the final denouement suggests another direction. Doors falters mainly when it cooks up its absurd sci-fi exposition and when it focuses on the literal rather than the mystery, but fortunately, there's enough mystery to keep things interesting.
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