A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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!"
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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