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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Commentary on challenges families and teens face with smartphones, the internet, and social media, and their negative impacts on mental and emotional health.
Movie centered on an Indian American family in the suburbs.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror movie violence and imagery. Some graphic scenes of self-harm, talk of suicide by cutting or choking, scenes in which teens, possessed by Grimcutty, appear to attempt suicide or attack loved ones with knives. A young boy stabs his mother in the chest with a knife. A teen slices her arm with a knife; blood. Teen stabs parent in the thigh with knife. Woman pulls a shotgun on an intruder. Victims are shown in hospital beds and emergency rooms after attempting suicide by cutting or choking. A mom loses her temper, slaps her teen daughter in the face. A mom punches and shatters a car window while in the car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen girls, after losing their smartphone privileges, go to a party thrown by a teen boy and ask to use his computer. When they turn it on, there are sounds of internet porn before he abruptly shuts it off. While confronting his son about his internet search history, a father mentions "bat sex."
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used by teens. Also "bulls--t," "apes--t," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "goddammit," "bastard." "WTF" used in a text exchange. During a corny school assembly, a teen sends another teen a crumpled-up piece of paper that reads "F--k This S--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At a large party, teens in background drink booze from a blender, drink from red plastic cups.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grimcutty is a 2022 horror movie about a monstrous internet meme that has come to life and seems to be encouraging teens to hurt themselves and their parents. Expect horror movie violence and talk of cutting and suicide attempts. A young boy stabs his mother in the chest. Teens slice their arms, drawing blood and requiring stitches. A hospital emergency room is filled with teens who seem to be attempting suicide by cutting or choking. Strong language throughout includes "f--k," and there are sounds of internet porn on a computer. At a large party, teens in the background drink booze from a blender and drink from red plastic cups. Through horror, the movie makes commentary on the challenges families and teens face with smartphones, the internet, and social media, and their negative impacts on mental and emotional health. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's a thoughtful if unoriginal message here that's diluted by cheesy horror movie conventions. Grimcutty has a lot to say about the issues of technology, particularly it's impact on teens, but also on the relationships between parents and teens. What heavy metal, rap music, and "just say no" were for teens and parents in the 1980s, the internet, smartphones, and social media are the driving forces behind some real problems and some overwrought hysteria now, and, as ever, it's not easy for parents to tell the difference. Enter Grimcutty, a giant monster borne out of the internet and internet hysteria, a giant monster that only the kids can see -- a monster that parents cannot see but can only react to.
One of the problems is that the monster looks too goofy to be taken seriously. It looks more like a rejected Tim Burton monster than anything truly horrific. Instead of scares, it induces giggles. Another problem is that the movie isn't saying anything parents and teens haven't already figured out by now about the perils of modern technology. And if they hadn't figured that out on their own, there have already been plenty of Black Mirror episodes to provide plenty to worry about. Yes, parents and kids need to be mindful of the problems that can arise with technology and especially with the mental and emotional well-being of teens, but this goofy-looking monster and uneven story aren't the best vehicles to deliver that message.
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