Girl in the Basement

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Abusive dad locks teen daughter away for 20 years; rape.

NR 2021 88 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 18+

I don't suggest children to watch.

The movie was very disturbing. Especially after the father tries to make his family sick by putting carbon monoxide into their room while they were sleeping. He was also cruel and sexually abusive. Physically and mentally to his daughter.
age 17+

i really didnt like it

i'm aware that when something is based on true events they cant be always 100% accurate but as someone who is aware of the real story; the way they set out to paint the father and his 'reasons' didnt sit well with me. he was abused and controlling , so yeah obvious like any teen who didn't like their parents she had dreams of moving away, but that's not why he locked her up. Just like many similar stories like hers , such as the book/movie Room her dad was just a psychopathic man who wanted to have his own 'sex slave'. it was nothing to do with her 'lack of obedience' or him wanting to control her. the real story also seemed to be pretty much premeditated, and he just capitalized on the fact that she had verbally indicated that she wanted to move away; so it would a much a easier way to control the narrative of her sudden disappearance. the rape wasn't just an addition to his ways of controlling her, but it was what he intended from the beginning. So if you're going to capitalized in this women suffering, at least tell the truth and not this distorted version where the dad was protected to the point where he became abusive. MAN WAS A PSYCO and deserves the death penalty. DISGUSTING.

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