A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Knock Knock is a home invasion thriller that also deals with pedophilia, torture, and revenge. Women's naked breasts and bottoms are seen, and there's an extended three-person sex scene that includes implied oral sex and skin-on-skin close-ups, as well as plenty of sex talk. A character is tied up and abused, and a man fights with women. A gun is pulled but not fired. Language is extremely strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "c--t," and much more. There's some background drinking and smoking, and pot is shown and referenced. Fans of popular horror director Eli Roth (and star Keanu Reeves) will want to see this, so beware.
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What's the story?
Architect Evan (Keanu Reeves) is a happy family man who has been in some kind of trouble in the past, but his artist wife and their two kids appear to have forgiven him. One weekend, he stays home to work while they go to the beach. But during a rainstorm, two young women who claim to be lost knock on his door. Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bel (Ana de Armas) seem nice at first, and Evan lets them dry off and warm up while they wait for an Uber. Eventually the women get flirty, and the trio tumbles into bed together -- but the next morning, Genesis and Bel act crazy and won't leave. Things turn dark when they attack Evan, tie him up, and torment him. At first Evan thinks only of saving his marriage, but soon he becomes invested in saving his life.
Is it any good?
Director Eli Roth returns with another loathsome movie, this time gleefully playing around with a home invasion, torture, pedophilia, and revenge but never seeming to know what he wants to say. Details of Evan's supposed pedophilia are kept from viewers, so we have no idea just how bad his crime was -- only that his wife and kids seem to have forgiven him. He does make a big mistake by jumping into bed with Genesis and Bel, but he more or less earns our sympathies.
This brings up the question of why the two women would degrade themselves by sleeping with someone they intended to torture. Other inconsistencies come up, too, but eventually it all collapses into a dumb torture show with characters acting, by turns, vicious and stupid. KNOCK KNOCK is a huge waste of time and effort for Reeves (what was he thinking?); at least cinematographer Antonio Quercia chooses smooth, fluid camerawork over his usual jerky stuff.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why would Evan choose to have sex with his female visitors? What does he risk? How is sex portrayed in the movie?
Who has our sympathies in this movie? Why? Are any of the characters at all admirable?
- In theaters: October 9, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: December 8, 2015
- Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas
- Director: Eli Roth
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Thriller
- Run time: 99 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: disturbing violent behavior, strong sexual content, nudity and language
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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