Freddy Vs. Jason
By Nell Minow,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Scary, gory, nightmare-inducing slasher.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Exceptionally intense and graphic violence, many murders. Intense peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of nudity and some sexual references and situations.
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Extremely strong language and a racist remark.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie contains lots of nudity and some sex, lots of foul language, and characters who drink and do drugs. There is also an ambiguous date rape and a brief racial slur towards the only black character in the entire movie. People are gutted, stabbed, impaled, torn apart, sliced open, burned, crushed, and killed in just about any way that produces lots of gushing blood. But if it's any consolation to parents, all the kids who engage in stupid behavior pay for it pretty heavily.
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What's the Story?
FREDDY VS. JASON brings together the maniacal killers of the popular slasher film series Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Now in hell, Freddy tricks Jason into another Elm Street killing spree. But Jason is furious when he realizes he's been part of Freddy's game, and the movie culminates in the ultimate bloody battle between the two insane killers. Freddy vs. Jason costars Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland, and Monica Keena.
Is It Any Good?
Outside of the title characters, the cast is uninteresting, even interchangeable; they're only there to get killed anyway. Save for the classically trained Robert Englund, who reprises his role as the diabolical Freddy Krueger, there are no memorable performances, just busty, pouty-lipped girls in revealing clothing and stereotyped, drunk high school guys who scream and run and get gutted like fish. The highlights are definitely Freddy and Jason. Indeed, Freddy Vs. Jason" delivers its promise of the ultimate battle between the two slasher characters.
This guest review was provided by the son of the Movie Mom, a 19-year-old fan of slasher movies who wanted me to give the movie an A-. Here's what he had to say: The newest addition to the series' will meet or surpass the expectations of the fans, while the critics will know to avoid it. The plot is ridiculous, and even if it made any sense it would be too pointless and too complicated to put down into a review. It's just an excuse to have two of the scariest guys in movie history fight each other with much carnage.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the enduring appeal of slasher films, particularly the consistent theme that teens who have sex or use drugs get horribly killed. What message does that send?
- In theaters: August 14, 2003
- On DVD or streaming: January 12, 2004
- Cast: James Callahan, Kelly Rowland, Robert Englund
- Director: Ronny Yu
- Inclusion Information: Black actors
- Studio: New Line
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 92 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: pervasive horror violence/gore, gruesome images, sexuality, drug use and language
- Last updated: January 1, 2023
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