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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Paranormal YA-based teen thriller is creepy and forgettable.

Movie PG-13 2014 96 minutes
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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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