Parents' Guide to

Lakeview Terrace

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Scary, racism-themed thriller isn't for kids.

Movie PG-13 2008 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

Not for the Young Kiddies

It's a really good psychological thriller. You know the good feeling you get when you know a police officer lives in your neighborhood? The Mattsons felt that way until their badge wearing next-door neighbor starts to lose his grip and starts making their lives a living Hell.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

okay 12 and up

has some funny parts and some good points but not worth buying 12 and over for violence and sex if you guys want to see a classic that Sam Jackson plays in with bruce willis go watch the movie die hard 3 with a vengence you'll love the movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (8):

The early scenes of LAKEVIEW TERRACE are promising. There's solid dialogue, a commanding performance by Jackson, and a thought-provoking twist that finds the super-bright African-American character portrayed as a bigot. Unfortunately, as the movie moves toward its formulaic, blood-spattered conclusion, these elements are misused, even exploited, to tell a routine story that's heavy with violence and too-obvious menace.

The filmmakers make a cursory effort to explain their villain's motives, but it's flimsy and comes too late. A subplot dealing with the marital problems aggravated by the young couple's predicament is well-intended but unoriginal and tedious. Director Neil LaBute is noted for his provocative filmmaking, but this is one of his lesser efforts.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: February 3, 2009
  • Cast: Kerry Washington, Patrick Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson
  • Director: Neil LaBute
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense thematic material, violence, sexuality, language and some drug references.
  • Last updated: February 27, 2023

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