Parents' Guide to

Gone

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Fascinating main character saves kidnapping thriller.

Movie PG-13 2012 94 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

14 and up.

this great awesome thriller movie gone stars with Amanda seyfried has enough chills to keep your older teens entertain and parents you need to know that gone has some violence some strong language used and some drugs used such as prescription pills
age 13+

Appropriate for 13 and above...maybe even 12...

Just got back from seeing this with my 13 year old boy, who doesn't like scary movies. This was perfect for him. There is pill-popping due to psychiatric illness, talk of AA, and gun use. There's a stabbing and the perpetrator meets a violent end, but it is not excessive at all. I liked the fact that the main character, Jill, follows her intuition and doesn't let others dictate what she does. In cases like this one, it is an important message for teens to learn. You cannot trust blindly. You must stand for something. Have courage. Prepare and strengthen your mind, etc... I have seen plenty of PG-13 movies that should have been an R -- this one wasn't even close.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (11 ):

Gone is a most unusual thriller. It's not particularly focused on the killer's identity, and though it does drop in a red herring, the actual reveal means nothing. Likewise, the heroine is rarely in physical danger. Rather, the main theme here is the "girl who cried wolf" story, in which the girl is tough, capable, and cunning. It's fun watching Seyfried bluffing and conning her way through scene after scene; no opponent can best her.

When viewers realize that the bad guy here isn't necessarily the killer, but rather the cops, the movie begins to take shape. The police are the ones who have labeled and cornered Jill, using underhanded tactics and slimy behavior. Her telephone conversation with the killer is the first honest, civil one she has in the movie. Overall, Gone is an odd but appealing combination of flat and subtle, sturdy and loony.

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