By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Remake blends bloody vampire violence with humor.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Buried somewhere under all the scary stuff is some commentary about being yourself: Charley tries to be "cool" for his girlfriend and avoids his old, "nerdy" friends, but he discovers that it's too much work. Likewise, when the "magician" Peter agrees to help Charley, he learns to face his problems and to think of others besides himself.
Positive Role Models
Charley is mostly very responsible, sacrificing his already tentative relationship with his girlfriend to protect all his loved ones from the vampire threat. He works tirelessly to solve the problem at hand.
Violence & Scariness
Though the movie's tone is slightly comic, there's still plenty of strong, vampire-related violence, including lots of blood, dead bodies, biting of necks, licking of blood, stabbing with stakes, shooting with crossbows and guns, characters being hit with cars, fighting, and explosions. Vampires burst into flame and ashes when they're killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of flirting and sexual innuendo (most of it dealing with a vampire's power to seduce). And Charley and Amy definitely think about having sex. They kiss, and, in one scene, Amy unsuccessfully attempts to seduce him. (Potential spoiler alert) At the end of the story, they prepare for their first sexual experience.
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Strong, frequent language includes many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Other words include "p---y," "bitch," "ass," "balls," "d--k," "jerk-off," "crap," "douchebag," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Two mentions of eBay, which are the setup and payoff of a joke. Ben & Jerry's ice cream and TiVo are also mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A supporting (adult) character drinks a great deal, almost compulsively; he even appears drunk during the final battle and takes a swig from a flask afterward -- this is all portrayed humorously. The vampire borrows a six pack of beer but doesn't drink any on screen. There's a quick joke about a teen being "on drugs."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Colin Farrell vampire movie -- a remake of the same-named 1985 cult classic -- blends comedy and horror. But despite the attempt at a lighter tone, it has plenty of vampire violence, with lots of blood, biting, stabbing, shooting, burning, and fighting. Language is likewise strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" throughout. There's no nudity, but characters are definitely thinking about sex, and there's lots of flirting and innuendo. One supporting character, an adult, may have a drinking problem, which is treated somewhat comically. So, no, this isn't Twilight -- but older teens who like their vampires with (pun intended) more bite will probably want to check it out.
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Not what was explained "A lot or a little"
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Not too scary and a good vampire film
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What's the Story?
In a Las Vegas suburb, Charley (Anton Yelchin) has a new girlfriend (Imogen Poots) and is working hard to leave his nerdy past behind. Unfortunately, one of Charley's extra-geeky old friends, Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), shows up, claiming that Charley's mysterious new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), is a vampire. Charley tries to ignore the matter, but after Ed disappears, he starts investigating and finds some horrifying evidence. Unfortunately, he also finds that he has a difficult time getting anyone to believe him. He even tries to recruit local stage magician/self-proclaimed vampire hunter, Peter Vincent (David Tennant). But ultimately, Charley has no choice but to face Jerry himself, help or no help.
Is It Any Good?
This remake essentially stays true to the formula of the 1985 version, with great success.The original Fright Night gleefully celebrated old-time horrors while at the same time commenting on modern horrors in a humorous way; it also had a slew of modern-day gore and special effects. Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon (a veteran of TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) create a world in which the Twilight books exist, but vampires are beer-drinking handymen rather than brooding teens; they're not necessarily cooler than anybody else, but they are one jump ahead.
The movie sets up a delightfully wry cat-and-mouse game as the heroes search for vampire rules online, and the vampires simply change them on a whim. The breezy direction allows plenty of room for the actors, especially a hammy David Tennant (Doctor Who), to stretch out and shine. The end result is a mood that's funny and playful, like a really good late-night movie on TV.
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- In theaters: August 19, 2011
- On DVD or streaming: December 13, 2011
- Cast: Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant
- Director: Craig Gillespie
- Studios: DreamWorks, Walt Disney Pictures
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 106 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references
- Last updated: April 9, 2023
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