Movie review by
Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Over-the-top, foul-mouthed slasher comedy goes for the gore.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 25 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lots of bloody mayhem here, but a character does state that "strength comes from the inside." Your true friends will know you and stay by your side, even in the most confusing times. 

Positive Role Models

Millie is a great daughter and friend, always thinking of others. Characters demonstrate teamwork. Diverse representation in supporting roles, including characters who are Black, gay, and Latinx and work in non-gender-stereotypical fields. 


Bloody, over-the-top, but not terribly realistic murders. People are gored, hit with a blunt instrument, stabbed, shot. Fighting scenes include attacks, punches, kicks, body tossing. Characters face life-or-death peril. Bullying. One scene indicates intention of rape, but it never happens. However, a positively portrayed character does make a rape joke (friends acknowledge it's inappropriate, but he doubles down), and there's unwanted touching of a girl's bottom.


A couple has sex; shown via actions, no graphic nudity. Crude language and sexual gesture meant for humor. Both opposite-sex and same-sex kissing.


Frequent strong language, most of it meant for humor, including: "ass," "a--holes," "bitch," "bulls--t," "c--k," "c--t," "d--k," "f-ggot," "goddammit," "p---y," "s--t," and "f--k." Middle-finger and rude sexual gestures. Exclamations include "oh my God" and "Jesus Christ!" 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teen is drunk at a party; his friends are seen holding a bottle of liquor. Teens plan to drink wine. A character with a drug dependency asks to buy drugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Freaky is a slasher flick/body-swap comedy starring Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn. It acknowledges and has fun with horror-movie clichés -- in other words, teens who drink, have sex, and bully others are definitely getting murdered. And those deaths seem to revel in being over the top: There's lots of gore, and weapons include household items, chainsaws, and even cursed knives. (When guns are used by the police, it feels like the movie's tamest form of violence.) There's no cutting away from any of this splatterfest -- indeed, there's usually a close-up of the gory wound. It's intentionally campy and outrageous, meant to make viewers recoil while also laughing in shock with friends. Language is really strong ("c--t," "f--k," and more) and sometimes crude ("c--k," "p---y"), and includes a rape joke made by a character who's intended to be likable. Characters have sex (non-graphic), kiss, and drink, and one character with a substance dependency seeks to buy drugs. Amid all of the mayhem are messages about teamwork, strength coming from the inside, and true friends staying by your side no matter what.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAc8837 November 14, 2020

Freaky not for kids

Fun movie but definitely not for kids or tweens. Graphic sex scene shows woman bent over car. Crude humor that would be awkward to explain to kids. At one point... Continue reading
Parent of a 14-year-old Written byF. P. December 5, 2020

surprisingly sexual and gorey

Was pretty uncomfortable watching this with our tween daughter. Within the first 6 min, a female is having sex against a car, ( no nudity- but banging and moan... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byiamakidloser December 17, 2020


It was a really good movie with a good plot and i wish i could watch it for the first time again!
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2021

A fantastic gorey horror/comedy

Me and my brother watched it and we both loved it, it is one of my new favourite films. Lots of blood and gore; throat slicings, many stabbings, chainsaws, mach... Continue reading

What's the story?

In FREAKY, Millie (Kathryn Newton) is an awkward high schooler who's struggling through her senior year when she becomes the latest victim of serial killer Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn). But rather than die, Millie switches bodies with her middle-aged slayer, who, in turn, is caught in her teenage body. High school hijinks, mayhem, murder, and some real freaky stuff ensues. Director Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day, Paranormal Activity) is behind this dark slasher comedy.

Is it any good?

Vaughn steals more than a body in this snarky, over-the-top mashup -- he steals the whole show. He takes on the lightness of a teen girl with aplomb in a fun, fresh take on what had become a tired genre: the body-swap comedy. His performance is somewhat similar to Jack Black's in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- and it's equally hilarious. When mid-swap, Vaughn -- as Millie -- makes a romantic connection with her crush, it's absurdly and hysterically touching. Alas, the same can't be said for Newton. Once she becomes the serial killer, she stalks around with a hardened stare. It does the job, but given Vaughn's familiar physicality and vocal tics, it's disappointing that she doesn't take the opportunity to truly "become" him. (For inspiration, she could have turned to the 2003 Freaky Friday, where Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan gleefully nailed each other's mannerisms and speech patterns.) 

Freaky's dialogue really gets a kick out of itself. It's a snark buffet, including naming the ravaged town Blissfield and its high school football team mascot "the biting beavers." While that might elicit a snort of appreciation, its not quite as clever as intended. The sweet spot is really in the campy, ridiculous deaths. The serial killer is imaginative and resourceful, using whatever he finds around him to murder teens -- including a toilet seat. Blood spurts, splatters, sprays, and gushes so unbelievable that it becomes farce. It's a wacky film that's full of gasps and squeals: your own. To get the most out of it, watch with a friend, or even better, a room full of them. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Freaky acknowledges the clichés of both slasher films and body-swap comedies. How does it compare to both? What other genres would you like to see mashed together?

  • How does the film upend traditional gender roles? On the other hand, did you notice characters playing into stereotypes? Do stereotypes work for this type of film?

  • How does the violence in Freaky compare to other horror films? Because this is a comedy, do you think the violence has the same impact? Were you scared or grossed out?

  • How do Millie and her friends demonstrate teamwork? Do you think they should have gone to an adult?

  • Families can also discuss how Millie is bullied, including when she finds the writing on the bathroom wall. What can be done to counteract cruel behavior?

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