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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There aren't many positive messages to be gleaned from this movie other than that there's something creepy about adults who are obsessed with the virginity of the teenagers they know.
Positive Role Models
No admirable characters of note.
Violence & Scariness
The movie opens with a mother's accidental death while surfing; she's there one moment and wipes out the next. At a posh private school, two of the girls die -- one jumps off the roof, and one is captured and killed in a bloody manner (her dead body is shown covered in plastic). Another young woman is nearly killed but manages to vanquish her enemies, who die in a unique but not overly horrifying manner. It's revealed that a tea consumed by various characters is actually blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A widower begins a slightly scandalous sexual relationship with his daughter's school nurse (no sex scenes between them, but they're shown kissing, and the woman is shown in the student's home late at night, barely dressed or wearing only the father's shirt). Two teens go from flirting and holding hands to kissing, making out passionately on a bed, and eventually making love (definitely her first time, but it's unclear whether it's his). A young woman complains that the boy she was interested in stopped seeing her when another "sluttier" girl showed an interest in him (the new couple is depicted as being very handsy with each other).
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Occasional strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "slut."
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Products & Purchases
Featured brands include Jeep Grand Wagoneer, iPhone, Adidas, Converse, New York 1.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several teenage girls are on prescription medication, including the main character. A girl is shown with pills in her hand. High-school students drink at a party, and the main character gets drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Innocence is a teen horror/thriller based on a 2001 young adult novel by author Jane Mendelsohn. The movie focuses on a private all-girls school where students have mysteriously met their deaths. A mother dies accidentally, and two teen girls die: One jumps off the roof, and one is captured and killed in a bloody manner (her dead body is shown covered in plastic). There are also some freaky sequences of ritualistic bloodletting and virgin sacrifice, as well as occasional strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "bitch") and one lovemaking scene (no nudity involved). Since the book wasn't a huge best-seller like many other popular YA adaptations, there isn't a big built-in fanbase, but the story should appeal to teens interested in supernatural and/or creepy tales. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's not really a spoiler to say this movie is a subpar fountain-of-youth horror flick about a coven of witches who keep their supple looks by drinking the blood of unblemished young virgins. The "virgin" part is the key to the story's creepiness, because the witchy women, led by Reilly's sexy school nurse, are all obsessed with convincing these affluent girls to stay pure. But not for any moral or religious reason, of course, but because they want to drink their blood. But Beckett catches on, even though no one else does, and decides to take matters (including her sexual experience) into her own hands, as much for her own protection from the witches as for romantic reasons.
What is it about rich New York City teens that makes a disproportionate number of YA stories focus on them? In the case of Innocence, the star really is a rich kid. Curtis is the daughter of the movie's producer and fashion designer Jill Stuart. Normally such connections shouldn't matter, but in this film, the young actress' underwhelming performance is explained by her nepotistic hire, considering that she's out-acted by pretty much everyone else in the movie, including her on-screen bestie Sutherland (herself the daughter of Kiefer Sutherland, but at least a decent actress in her own right).
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