Parents' Guide to

Frailty

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent and ultimately uneven and unsatisfying.

Movie R 2002 100 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

age 14+

Great for adults, Not for kids.

This is a great movie with an awesome twist. My concerns for younger viewers watching this movie is the violence. There are many murders, most of them are off screen and only implied but you do get to witness a brutal stabbing that takes place behind a white sheet. The charaters are silhouetted but the blood splatters everywhere. Language is another main concern. F*ck is used four times, B*tch is used twice and sh*t is used once. The word t*ts is also used when referring to a womens chest. A conversation also takes place stating that Santa is not real because they caught dad putting the gifts under the tree. In conclusion, this is a great movie for adults but not for kids.

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Many great horror movies deal with families, as that is where we are all most sensitive; this uneven film exploits that vulnerability but is ultimately unsatisfying. The genuinely horrifying premise of this film is undercut by its ham-handed writing, which makes the plot even less plausible. The dialogue is full of wooden homilies like "The truth is pretty unbelievable sometimes." The dialogue is unintentionally funny at a number of points, especially when Bill Paxton is carefully delivering exposition on his insane plot. What is supposed to be a chilling matter of fact tone sounds more like a cold reading of the script.

This is not to say that the film is not frightening. The "destructions" are horrifying. The fact that we do not see the worst leaves the graphic details up to our imaginations. The scenes of Fenton locked in the cellar are extremely harrowing. But the most disturbing aspect of the plot is that the murders take place in front of the young sons, and committed by a beloved father. As Alfred Hitchcock said of the death of a child in an early film of his, "It was an abuse of cinematic power." For a film as empty as Frailty, there is simply no excuse.

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