Friday the 13th (2009)



Horror remake isn't for anyone, let alone teens.
  • Review Date: June 14, 2009
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No positive messages. The movie plays up traditional slasher movie stereotypes in which spoiled, drug-taking, sexed-up teens get brutally killed.

Positive role models

No positive role models here ... although one character does sacrifice everything to find his missing sister.


Constant, bloody, and brutal violence. A woman is tied in a sleeping bag and hoisted over a fire to be burned alive. Multiple machete stabbings, slashings, and slayings; blood spurts from slit throat. Decapitations, with severed heads and neck-stumps shown in detail. A man is pierced through the head with an arrow. A topless woman hiding in the water under a dock is stabbed from above through the top of her head with a machete and raised up so her breasts are visible at the moment of her death. A man is stabbed through the eye and pinned to a door with a fireplace poker. A man is struck by a hurled axe. A man is dragged into a tree shredder by a chain wrapped around his neck. Extensive depiction of victims' bloody remains.


Multiple sex scenes with nude breasts and buttocks shown; extensive discussion of sexual acts, positions, and body parts; a woman water skis topless and is then killed with a machete (while still topless). Suggestive dancing.


A ceaseless barrage of foul language, including multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "piss," "p---y," "t-ts," "bulls--t," "whacking off," "blowjob," "a--hole," "dick," "crap," "Jesus Christ," and more.


Heineken, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Aquafina are mentioned by name; Moet champagne and Cadillac vehicles are obvious product placement.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

References to and depictions of marijuana and marijuana smoking (using bongs, bowls, and joints). Characters drink beer, wine, champagne, and hard liquor to excess and play drinking games.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this slasher remake is a never-ending series of bloody, brutal, violent murders perpetrated by a mutilated sociopath. There are several explicit sex scenes, as well as scenes that mingle sexuality and violence -- like when a topless woman is knifed through the head with a machete. And as if all that weren't enough, characters swear nonstop, drink, and discuss and use drugs (particularly marijuana). The fact that all the pot-smoking characters wind up dead shouldn't be considered incisive social commentary, since those who don't partake wind up dead, too.

What's the story?

A remake and re-launch of the notorious '80s horror series, FRIDAY THE 13th takes place years after a camping accident that saw a young boy drown -- and his mother murder the counselors who failed to watch him. But the boy actually lived and now stalks the area around the camp, slaughtering any "outsiders" who stumble across his path. Which doesn't bode well for the group of spoiled vacationing kids who meet up with a man (Jared Paladecki) desperately seeking his missing sister. ... Soon the whole gang is being stalked, picked off, and killed by the murderous, masked Jason.

Is it any good?


Friday the 13th is simultaneously disgusting and tiresome. Disgusting because it relies so heavily on images of slaughtered, chopped-up human beings and cheap jolts; tiresome because it's literally more of the same, returning to a film series that's already had more than a dozen sequels and spin-offs since 1980. Sure, there's a certain sick thrill in watching Jason in those earlier films -- when the idea of the silent, masked killer as unrelenting as death itself had some novelty -- but now it's just a cynical retread of a familiar idea. Modern films like Scream mock slasher conventions while delivering them, while those like Funny Games use the horror genre to play wicked mind games. Friday the 13th just offers more of the same.

Also damaging Friday the 13th is the fierce lack of any sense of invention in the storytelling or plot -- instead, we get advances in special effects that make death-by-arrow and machete-induced throat-cutting more "lifelike." Friday the 13th spurts blood red, but it's designed to earn green money with violence, sex, and recycled plotlines. A horror film should be tough, but not cynical; Friday the 13th is weary, greedy, and contemptuous of its audience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of "slasher" films like the Friday the 13th series. Why are they so popular (and profitable)?

  • What draws us to scary, violent movies? What's the impact of seeing so many violent acts?

  • Why do you think these films feel the need to equate sexuality with violence?

  • Why would a studio remake a film as trivial and empty as the original, anyway?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 13, 2009
DVD release date:June 16, 2009
Cast:Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Padalecki
Director:Marcus Nispel
Studio:Warner Bros.
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language and drug material

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Kid, 12 years old February 15, 2009

common sense, please understand kids these days.

I am 12 ok. It's not even scary. I am scared of a lot of stuff, but not this movie. Common sense, you overrate alot. My stepdad took me to see this. I absolutely loved it. I've already heard and seen everything in this movie.(BEFORE I WAS EVEN IN THE THEATRE)Kids today are exposed to a lot more. To the people who said parents aren't listening, PARENTS ARE. They just don't care because they KNOW that their kids are going to know most of that stuff anyways. So I really loved it. I liked it better than the first one. Kids, go and see it if you want. No one under 11 though. =]
Parent of a 2 year old Written byLOLOL January 26, 2010

the best :)

i loved it i saw it with my kids (2) (5) & (8) and hustband jimmy (70) WE ALL LOVED IT :)
What other families should know
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Teen, 13 years old Written byyoulouzer26 July 27, 2015

Great, but extremely innapropiate

Over the top inappropriate, and filled with sex, violence, language, and some alcohol and drugs.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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