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Parents' Guide to

Ginger Snaps

By Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Very, very violent horror flick.

Movie R 2000 108 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

A great horror film with an important theme!

Of course, some won't like it because it is excessively violent and contains sexual behaviour, but that's entirely the point. It's ENTIRE theme is about puberty, in females to be exact. The excessive violence and sexual behaviour of the titular character is a direct representation of rabid hormones in teenagers taken to excess. It's about the misrepresentation of "teens gone crazy" in media taken to the extreme of murder and the spread of sexual disease. It's about the inability of parents to PROPERLY communicate with their children. So, if your children care about themes in film (and some do, don't kid yourself), let your teenager watch this film. Discuss it with them. Pretend that they're becoming an adult and dealing with similar issues that the characters are dealing with. And lastly, your "expert" opinion is incredibly wrong here. The message of this film works incredibly in contrasting puberty and lycanthropy, hence why horror fans AND academics love this film! More than a decade after release, academia STILL is releasing books about it!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 12+

Great Movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (13 ):

Teenagers who are into horror may enjoy this, though they may not pick up on the "message" it's trying to convey. Ginger Snaps attempts to create a metaphor -- menstruation and the changes it brings to personality and sexuality are like the raging blood lust of the werewolf. There's something interesting in that parallel, but ultimately the film doesn't follow through on the idea, but becomes simply a parade of attacks, some brutal, some darkly funny. The two girls give very strong performances, particularly Perkins, and Brigitte's own transformation from mousy sidekick to werewolf hunter is impressive. It's refreshing to see a young girl take on the hero's role in this kind of film.

As a horror film it works fine. As a satiric commentary on adolescence, it doesn't succeed quite as well. It's extremely violent, and parents should use discretion in allowing their children to see it. Older teens will think it's fine, but younger kids could be terrified.

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