Extracurricular

Movie review by
Lynnette Nicholas, Common Sense Media
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Dark, morbid teen horror with lots of blood, gore, murder.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

Life is treated with very little value here. Possibly can interpret idea that you shouldn't accept religion at face value. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

While main characters are coldblooded murderers, side characters include loving parents who provide for their teenage children and have an interest in their lives, a genuine teacher who encourages his students to dig deeper, and Sheriff Alan Gordon, who shows persistence and commitment to solving murders and is a concerned father.

Violence

Extremely bloody, gory horror violence includes murders of adults and teenagers with guns, knives, even a drill. A woman is stabbed in the neck, multiple teens and adults are shot, a pregnant woman is murdered. A character is badly beaten. A teen smothers her close friend who's shot and needs help. Adults are murdered by teens they know.

Sex

Sexual innuendo between two teen characters; teenage dating and kissing.

Language

Strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," and "piss."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink socially at home.

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?

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