House at the End of the Street

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Dumb thriller will disappoint Hunger Games fans.
  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 39 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A mother and daughter make an attempt to trust each other more and to try to communicate better, though this lesson is more or less buried in the scary story.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elissa is a fairly strong teen female who, for the most part, seems resourceful and self-reliant -- though she makes poor decisions whenever the plot calls for it.

Violence

Very little blood, though several characters die, and dead bodies are shown. Characters are shot and stabbed, and necks and legs are broken. Several teens gang up on one young man, punching and kicking. There's a scary prologue in which a young girl stabs her mother and father (no blood shown). Women are kidnapped and locked up.

Sex

The teen heroine kisses a college-age boy, and they move to a more comfortable location, presumably to take things a step further. They kiss some more but are interrupted before anything else happens. The heroine and her mother also wear tight white tank tops in many scenes. At a party, a teen boy tries to seduce a teen girl, saying he's "horny"; she tells him "no" and pushes him away.

Language

Language is fairly infrequent but does include a few uses of words like "s--t," "a--hole," "d--k," "bitch," "damn," "slut," and "piss," as well as "oh my God" and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism

A Campbell's soup can is shown, and the soup is opened and prepared. A Lay's chip bag is quickly shown, and Coca-Cola and Sears signs are briefly seen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In a flashback, a mother smokes what appears to be crack, using a lighter and tin foil. One scene takes place at a teen party, and though drinking isn't shown, one girl is shown to be drunk, passed out on a bed, and then throwing up in a bathroom. The main character's mother drinks too much wine at dinner, resulting in awkwardness and fighting.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that House at the End of the Street is a thriller that many teens will want to see based on the fact that its star, Jennifer Lawrence, was in The Hunger Games. There's fighting, kidnapping, and killing, and dead bodies are shown, but very little blood and gore are on display. Language includes a few uses of words like "a--hole" and "bitch." Teen characters kiss and are clearly thinking about sex but are interrupted. Some characters drink too much, and "crack" (i.e. a lighter and some tin foil) is briefly shown in a flashback.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byJWilliams303 October 14, 2012

It was pretty good, but not as good as I thought

I just got to see this movie for the first time with my dad last night and I gotta say, it really ruined my anticipation for it. I actually thought it would be... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written bymarci123 September 29, 2012

Handling Fear

If your child is in to scary movies and can handle them then this is the movie for you. It is a good movie but if your child get scared easliy it is not a movie... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHorrorMovieFanatic February 22, 2016

A Disappointing Thriller!

"House at the End of the Street" is a psychological thriller by Mark Tonderai starring Jennifer Lawrence (Elissa), Max Thieriot (Ryan), Elisabeth Shue... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoneymandodo December 7, 2012

House at the end of the street sucks

The trailer was good, but the movie itself sucked. It was too slow, stupid and more of a drama than a horror. It did have story, but 3/4 of the movie was "... Continue reading

What's the story?

Teen Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) and her single mom (Elisabeth Shue) move from busy Chicago into a giant home in a small town; they got it cheap because it's next door to a creepy house where a small girl apparently killed her parents. Having trouble fitting in, Elissa is drawn to the college-age Ryan (Max Thieriot), who lives in the murder house, even though nobody in town likes or trusts him. Unfortunately, Ryan appears to be hiding something, but can Elissa find out what it is before it's too late?

Is it any good?

This is one of those movies in which the nonsensical plot disintegrates the moment anyone starts asking questions. In 2011, another David Loucka screenplay, Dream House, attracted a top-notch cast and was turned into a terrible thriller. Amazingly, the exact same thing has now happened with another Loucka project, also with "House" in the title. The movie requires the characters to act stupidly to help move things forward, and if they had seen any other movies, they would know not to do these things.

Worse, the antagonist seems to have supernatural powers at various points -- able to sneak up on people or dispatch well-trained opponents -- but at other times is unable to hear characters creaking up the stairs. Oddly, the two Oscar-nominated leads, Shue and Lawrence, are quite affecting in the movie's straightforward scenes of character development. If HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET had only left all the dumb thriller stuff behind and concentrated on a mother-daughter drama, it might have gone somewhere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the romantic relationship between the teen characters. Does it seem realistic? How is sex a factor?

  • House at the End of the Street includes several murders without very much violence and gore. Does it still make its point? How does it compare to other thrillers and horror movies you've seen?

  • Is the movie scary? Why or why not?

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