A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A price is paid for a past transgression.
Positive Role Models
No clear role models in this one; characters lie, harbor secret agendas, or are helpless bystanders.
Key characters are largely upper class and White. One positive Black supporting character. Two characters are Asian; they turn out to be the villains. The first murder victim is played by a Caribbean-American performer.
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Violence & Scariness
Woman smashed in head with hammer. Blood spatters. Woman's corpse in bathtub. Punching, choking. Bloody face wounds. Character whacked on back of head. Stabbing. Person on fire. Children in peril in one scene. Person's hand sliced with broken bottle; pulling glass shard from hand, some blood shown. Bloody thumb from scrubbing fingers. Jump scares. Nightmare sequences. Dead crow.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female corpse's breasts are bare. Married couple kiss, caress each other. Heavy breathing. Bare male chest. Nature video on television shows deer mounting one another and mating.
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Several uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "damn," "piss," and "swear to God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character with open can of beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hide and Seek is a thriller about a wealthy man who's looking for his lost brother while hoping to protect his wealth and empire; there's also a masked killer on the loose. A remake of a 2013 Korean movie, it's all pretty generic and forgettable -- but also very violent. The killer bashes a woman's head in with a hammer, mostly off-screen, though some blood spatters are shown. A woman's corpse is seen in a bathtub, with bare breasts visible. There are also bloody face wounds, a man getting hit on the back of the head, someone on fire, stabbing, children in peril, a shard of glass being removed from a wound, jump scares, and nightmare sequences. Language is also strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more. A married couple kiss and affectionately caress each other, with some heavy breathing. A character holds an open can of beer. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A remake of a 2013 Korean film, this thriller feels like a pale copy. Despite scenes that look like they've been put together correctly, the result is lifeless, bland, and instantly forgettable. Written and directed by actor Joel David Moore (Hatchet, Art School Confidential), Hide and Seek seems to follow the plot of the original film (also called Hide and Seek) fairly closely, but in doing so, it somehow deadens the suspense and characters, as if tracing over something old rather than creating something new. Even the actors seem disengaged. Noah is obsessed with cleanliness, which partly makes his character feel out-of-place but also draws attention away from the story and to his perfectly poofed hair and astonishingly crisp, cream-colored coat.
It's always great to see Pantoliano, but does he really have to play that old scene where he meets the main character on a park bench and hands him a pack of photos in a manilla envelope? Shakir provides some lightness as the crumbling building's landlord, issuing commands while wearing a red silk bathrobe. But as the plot ramps up, all of the characters seems to fall into generic mode. Moore tries to add a few horror elements to Hide and Seek, including nightmares, a sudden jolt in a mirror, and dark figures that flit by the foreground and background when people aren't looking, but it's all just so familiar. Perhaps worse, the camera sometimes fails to be where it should, and details are sometimes frustratingly obscured and confusing. This is one not so much to seek out, but rather to hide from.
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