Parents' Guide to

Happy Death Day

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Playful tone lightens time-bending slasher movie's violence.

Movie PG-13 2017 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 17+

For 17 and up.

For 17 and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.
age 15+

TV-14- Sexual Content, Violance ,Disturbing Images, Bloody Content, & Strong Language

Pretty Scary, Pretty Funny, sexual humor, Guns, Knives, Sexual Content, ETC.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39):
Kids say (99):

Though it obviously borrows from Groundhog Day, this gleefully silly slasher movie has a playful spirit, likable characters, and even some half-decent life lessons. Director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) finds just the right tone for Happy Death Day, starting with Tree's introduction as a self-centered jerk. Tree is kind of horrible and not very savvy -- she's certainly never seen any horror movies and has no idea how to fight off a masked killer -- but she's fully human, and she grows on you.

When, like Bill Murray's Phil in Groundhog Day, Tree has time to evaluate her life, she starts trying to set things right, and her attempts are wonderfully endearing. As for the movie's slasher elements, they're not terribly gory or scary; they seem to be in line with the movie's lighthearted tone. But fans of slasher movies will certainly enjoy some of the clichés Landon plays with (in some ways, Happy Death Day isn't dissimilar to Scream or The Final Girls in that regard). In short, Happy Death Day is aware of what it's up to, but not in a way that prevents you from enjoying the story or the characters.

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