Parents' Guide to

If There Be Thorns

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sex, incest, melodrama in seamy lit-adaptation.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Spinning in the grave.

I’m glad I read the VC Andrews novels way before they were spun into ‘made for tv’ movies. Some things really should be left as novels. Lifetime has screwed up these stories, it’s annoying AF. Two thumbs way down.
age 13+


I stand by what I say when I say this series teaches people about hidden secrets in a person life and that not everyone has it easy. It also shows a deep meaning that love is love.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (2):

If There Be Thorns is every inch the trashy hoot that fans of V.C. Andrews' shamelessly purple novels could wish for. When Bart asks the mysterious lady next door (Heather Graham in hilarious age makeup) for inside information on his deceased dad, she sighs and says, "I don't want to go down this twisted road" (whereupon she does, naturally). A psychiatrist engaged to take a long look at the disturbed-acting Bart asks Cathy and Chris if there's been any family history of "abuse, inversion, or deviance." Hey, is that a psychological term? Deviance? Sure it is.

It's all silly fun that would make for a great drinking game -- try taking a sip every time you hear the name "John Amos" -- and Mason Cook is effective, if melodramatic, as the warped younger brother, Bart. But this is most definitely for adults and teens sophisticated enough to see the over-the-top drama as the Grand Guignol it is. Younger viewers will just be terrified by the pool-drowning and dead-dog scenes and deeply confused by the revelation that Mommy and Daddy are brother and sister.

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