Parents' Guide to

Friend Request

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Clever concept ruined by poor execution; very violent.

Movie R 2017 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Not a big request

Few years ago it was a big thing to have cyberspace horror movies, as it also was one of the filler movies of 2016. Can be recommended for nerdy teens that understand voice chats and video chats more than me.
age 15+

Good but Gory

This movie is quite interesting, but is very gory and has many curse words. I'd recommend it to older teens.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

This horror movie begins with an intriguing idea -- exploring the pitfalls of social media -- but quickly succumbs to routine setups and payoffs typical of most uninspired ghost stories. Conversely, the thematically similar Unfriended (2014) began with a less intriguing idea, but its execution was far more inspired and terrifying. As directed by Simon Verhoeven, Friend Request does incorporate some truly unhinged, disturbing artwork and animation, but it's never used for anything other than just being there.

Mostly the movie consists of the expected jump scares, plus attempts to "solve" the haunting by traveling to the place it all began, etc. One character, a young man with a crush on Laura, goes crazy over his unrequited love, which seems like a serious stretch. And other than being "friends" and having a good time, there's nothing of substance to any of these characters. Fear the Walking Dead fans will be most disappointed seeing star Alycia Debnam-Carey taking such an ill-fated step down.

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