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Flowers in the Attic

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Book-turned-movie skips the incest but keeps the creepy.

Movie PG-13 1987 93 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Incest, child abuse, mental torture and physical and poisoning by the mother who killed one of her children and sickened the rest…. It wreaks of evil and demonic activity. Not appropriate for children of any age. The movie or book, either one.
age 13+

Suspenseful 80’s Film

This movie is very mild. It is often labeled as a horror movie but it is more like a lifetime movie thriller. Language is clean. There is no sex. Mild violence. Although a higher rating cause of the subject matter discussed that most younger children won’t or shouldn’t understand: incest. But no incest content is shown. It is only implied by the grandmother. There is a scene with a close up of the teen daughter in her bra when she is changing. And one of the mother. Yes the overall implied subject matter is strange. But I would watch it with my teenage daughter. In the 80’s as a child I have this memory of it being such a weird movie with the topic of incest. As an adult I see it now more from the viewpoint of a mom. That how can a mother become so demented as to want to get rid of her own children for money. Watch them be sick and abandon them. It breaks my heart as a mom to see that. Also as a Christian how sinister the grandmother was. Her Bible was a weapon. She had no grace. Yes her daughter made a bad choice, but there is also forgiveness. And children are always a blessing and gift from God. I think the 2 teen children in the movie were great role models. They never stopped fighting for their family and to protect their siblings. The teen daughter knew early on that her mom was changing and not herself anymore.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Based on a popular pulp novel, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC is a strange bird, despite the story's iconic status. The acting is stiff, the dialog stilted and production values are low. Fans of author V.C. Andrews' book of the same name may protest. It keeps much of the key details, but eliminates completely the themes that made the book a bestseller. In the book, the teenage Chris and Cathy, confined together for so long as their adolescent hormones surge, develop romantic feelings for each other. This is a novel about forbidden love -- which, of course, was immensely appealing, though disturbing, to readers. The film however, glosses over this, but heightens the cheesy fear factor. It's also a miserable watch: Nothing hopeful happens, really, and in the end, it's hard to maingine what the point really is.The movie comes across as simply about a dysfunctional woman who tortures her grandchildren and her daughter who loses her way. As flowers go, this one's pretty wilted.

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