Ginger Snaps

  • Review Date: September 13, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Very, very violent horror flick.
  • Review Date: September 13, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 108 minutes





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bad role models.


Vicious werewolf attacks on both animals and people, and copious amounts of blood.


One not very explicit sex scene.


A great deal of strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is extremely violent. There are vicious werewolf attacks on both animals and people, and copious amounts of blood. There is also one not very explicit sex scene, and a great deal of strong language.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Teenagers love horror movies, and GINGER SNAPS has plenty of scares and blood and monsters. Sisters Ginger (Katherine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins) are obsessed with death -- one of the puns on the movie's title is the series of photographs they take of each other in various forms of lifelessness. But one night Ginger crosses a new line -- she gets her period. At nearly the exact same moment, she is attacked by a werewolf, and begins to become one herself.

Is it any good?


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.

Teenagers may enjoy though they may not pick up on the "message" it's trying to convey. 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ginger and Brigitte's obsession with death, their very strong bond to each other, and how Ginger's maturation changes that. You might want to ask your teens what they think the appeal of movies like this is in the first place.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 13, 2000
DVD release date:September 13, 2001
Cast:Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Mimi Rogers
Director:John Fawcett
Studio:Copperheart Entertainment
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:extremely graphic violence, strong language, sexual situations

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydb1250 January 25, 2011

for all ages

not really violent though very good storyline and acting loved it
Teen, 14 years old Written bymovielover822 November 26, 2011

Every teen should see!!!!

This movie is one of my favorites. Although it has the F bomb about ever other second it has a very good message. The movies message is that growing up turns you into a monster and that every one has to go through it. I suggest every one should see this as a teen especialy teen girls.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old May 7, 2010

i am eleven and i absouluteley love it!!!!

I love this movie, but it isn't a crappy gore movie as depicted. it is very good overall.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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