Friday the 13th (2009)

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Horror remake isn't for anyone, let alone teens.
  • R
  • 2009
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 39 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 97 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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

Violence

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjoshua martinez July 3, 2010

not for kids.

Friday the 13th is a waste of time and a stupid movie to see this movie is only for adults and parents you need to know that friday the 13th has intense violenc... Continue reading
Adult Written byktmae February 27, 2009

Not that scary

I'm a huge horror movie fan but this movie was just ok because it wasn't as scary as I'd heard it was. All of the murders were predictable and t... Continue reading
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 abso... Continue reading
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'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 Padalecki) 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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love horror

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