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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
None. The movie deals with demonic possession and the toll it takes on family units. Characters resort to unethical behavior in a bid to prove the existence of the supernatural.
Positive Role Models
A family unit is shown to be caring and affectionate, but also argue, lie to, and personally insult one another. Steven uses underhand, voyeuristic methods to try and prove his friend's supposed demonic possession.
Some ethnic diversity among the main cast, which is gender balanced and contains a mix of nationalities. Diverse sexualities among the main cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Jump scares and gory violence. Victims are stalked and then shoved, pushed, and pulled around. Bloody injury and trauma. An assailant's knife's blade is shown dripping blood. A kid is grabbed off-screen. Character is startled by demonic visions. Character walks across broken glass in bare feet. Bloody injuries. Blood streaked walls and bloody weapons shown in the aftermath to violent incidents. Character struck and knocked to the floor. Knives and other improvised weapons used in conflicts, such as a tennis racket. Decapitated head shown in low light. A toy doll provides some scares.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reference to "banging" and other allusions to sex. Character shown shirtless. Reference to sexually transmitted infections. Kissing. Characters shown in their underwear. A character watches a couple kiss and pet through one-way glass without their knowledge. Character shown with bare shoulders in a bubble bath.
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Language used includes "s--t," "bulls--t," "f--king," "bollocks," "a--hole," "pissed," "f--k," "son of a bitch," "d--k," and "bastard." "Christ" used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Characters talk about being motivated by money and fame. Light-hearted discussion about buying kids' affection with gifts and getting cosmetic surgery.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes in moderation. Smoking referred to as a "disgusting habit." Brief references to taking recreational drugs and being "high."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lair is a British horror movie with plenty of jump scares, violence, and bloody and gory injuries. The story revolves around Steven Caramore (Corey Johnson), who spies on his tenants in a bid to prove that the property is filled with evil supernatural forces that caused his friend to murder his wife and child. There are no real positive messages and few positive role models, as the plot is powered by frayed relationships and increasingly strange goings on. As well as helping his friend, Steven is motivated by the material gain and fame that could come with proving the supernatural. There is a diverse cast in terms of race, nationalities, sexual orientation, and gender balance. Violence is implied as well as shown with the most graphic examples featuring knives used as weapons and dismembered body parts. Sex is alluded to on occasion. There is some kissing between different couples and more than one female character shown in their underwear. A male character is also shown topless. Swearing regularly features -- including "f--k" and "s--t" -- and increases when characters argue or become distressed because they are scared. Drinking and smoking feature briefly, with the latter being criticized. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Essentially two gruesome set pieces with a lot of filler in-between them. Lair struggles to establish itself owing to a script that feels rushed and hastily moved from the U.S. to the U.K., with its British characters inexplicably speaking in American English. Veteran supporting player Johnson provides the movie's only memorable performance. As Steven, his bursts of angry energy and comic timing squeezes the most out of dialogue that carries a lot of exposition and manufactures endless, unconvincing conflict between characters that have no discernible depth. With the rest of the cast lacking the ability to sell such poorly written material, it's hard to care what anyone else is doing, or why.
The family at the center of the movie don't ever go anywhere nor do anything interesting. Meanwhile, the setup of Steven observing them through the walls without their knowledge is wasted. There is no invention here, no new ideas, just a long wait for a dimly lit slasher finale and an ending that adds nothing to what has gone before. In other words, it's not worth laying in wait for.
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