Dark, morbid teen horror with lots of blood, gore, murder.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Extracurricular is a gory horror thriller about four high school students who plan detailed murders. Expect tons of blood and graphic killings: Guns and other weapons are used, a pregnant woman is brutally stabbed, an older woman is shot, and several other teens and adults are murdered. Strong language includes "f--k," "piss," and "s--t." Characters kiss, flirt, and exchange innuendo, and adults drink socially. The movie deals with themes of rebellion, rejecting religious beliefs, and feeling a disconnect from the consequences of your actions. Characters lie and deceive, and many show no regard for the value of human life.
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What's the Story?
In EXTRACURRICULAR, high school students Miriam (Brittany Raymond), Derek (Keenan Tracey), Ian (Spencer MacPherson), and Jenny (Brittany Teo) appear to be the perfect picture of young adulthood. They get excellent grades, are skilled in sports, are involved in yearbook and band, and so forth. And when their school workload allows, they plan and carry out elaborate murders. In a twisted chain of events, these privileged teens eventually learn that even the best laid plans may not go as intended.
Is It Any Good?
The best thing about Extracurricular is Luke Goss as Sheriff Alan Gordon; he brings intensity to every scene he's in. From a parenting perspective, the movie is very dark and morbid, yet it also highlights the dangers of peer pressure and what can happen in young folks' lives when parents have no clue about what's really going on with them. It actually does a good job of depicting the search for understanding and purpose during the adolescent and young adult years.
That said, it's also full of violence and bloody gore, and it's all about teens planning murders for entertainment. There's lots of rebellion, and high schoolers try to justify their killings by saying things like "Morals are made by the weak to protect themselves." They also blow off the murder of a pregnant woman by saying "It was just a bunch of cells. It's not like we killed a squalling baby." While the acting is OK, the overall messages are often disturbing, and -- from a story perspective -- some scenes are very predictable, such as the opening sequence, which takes place at a remote log cabin. While those who get a thrill out of shrills, screams, blood, and gore may be entertained, in the context of today's social, emotional, and cultural climate, Extracurricular has some serious triggers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about peer pressure, choosing friends wisely, and not being afraid to stand up for your own values and beliefs. What role does peer pressure play in Extracurricular?
Are there any role models in this movie? If so, what are their character strengths?
Are there any bullies in this movie? What are their personality traits?
How did the movie's violence make you feel? What's the impact of media violence on kids?
- In theaters: January 17, 2020
- On DVD or streaming: February 18, 2020
- Cast: Keenan Tracey, Brittany Raymond, Luke Goss
- Director: Rae Xue
- Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Films
- Genre: Horror
- Topics: High School
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 22, 2023
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