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Parents' Guide to

Final Destination

By Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Teens fear the reaper in this so-so thriller.

Movie R 2000 98 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 21 parent reviews

age 17+


This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Interesting premise is played out in a graphic strong violence way

This is a horror movie right?? Well, it really isn't if I'm to be honest. It's more of a gore, violence fest type of movie. Nothing about this movie is partiuclar scary or haunting, but the worst part of this film (and the whole series) is how strong the violence is. From the beginning to the end, there is countless deaths played out in gorey strong violence that young kids shouldn't see, and not to mention it plenty of strong profane language. Everyone says this should 14+, but in my opinion, it is should be at least the minium of 16+. It is the violence that is more than comfortable to see . . . it is the violence that sometimes its too much. Granted this is a 2000s movie, but this movie is graphic with the violence, and not to mention, it has absoulutely zero good messages/role models besides the theme, "cheat death to live." It is more than a comfortable watch, and it can be graphic to the point it can be sickenning to see. This movie is totally for entertainment vaule and nothing more than that. It has an interesting premise but played out in plenty of graphic strong groey violence that I feel like older teens can handle, but as for new teens/older tweens, don't let them watch. Not only for their saftey but because they don't need to be exposed to such gorey violence!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (21 ):
Kids say (58 ):

FINAL DESTINATION has a convincing enough plot, unfortunately one that by now has become cliché. So desperate is this film to create an aura of suspense and foreboding that by the end of the film, any object in existence could be a weapon in the hands of the grim reaper. This certainly makes for suspense, but not good suspense.

Perhaps the film loses a lot of ground here when, in the opening sequence of the film, the camera lingers on the cover of the book Death of a Salesman. This is the degree to which the filmmakers are trying to spook us and fail; by referencing the title of a book that has nothing to do with the death of anyone. Watching this film merely becomes a countdown to gore as curiosity over "how" someone will get it overshadows any curiosity over "who" will get it. Overall, the film proves disappointing.

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