Parents' Guide to

Lisa Frankenstein

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Iffy messages in zany but very violent monster romcom.

Movie PG-13 2024 101 minutes
Lisa Frankenstein Movie Poster: Lisa sits atop an electrified tanning bed next to an undead man in 1800s garb

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

great buuut age should be changed

there are some VERY 20 and up things. such as the cutting off of a male appendage and sewing it on a corpse and you knowing with it. there are murder scenes that are graphic and a good lot of sexual jokes/actions being made/done.

age 18+

Not what I was expecting

This movie is uncomfortable. It accepts death as a way out and is depressing. The main character doesn't redeem herself and some scenes are too much. It pokes fun at Christian values. Just a terrible movie overall.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

For anyone who's fantasized about what a Daniel Waters-Tim Burton-Mel Brooks-John Hughes-Diablo Cody collaborative script would look like (anyone?), this is a fun, if outrageous, payoff. With Lisa Frankenstein, Cody infuses the teen monster zeal of her own Jennifer's Body with the dark high school serial killer humor of Waters' Heathers, the lonely girl whose only friends are dead of Burton's Beetlejuice, the revisionist take on Shelley of Brooks' Young Frankenstein, and the nerds-build-a-girlfriend plot of Hughes' Weird Science. Cody even places her characters at the time that most of those other movies were released—the 1980s—which will likely make the film more enjoyable for adults who grew up with these films. And yet, this is definitely an original take.

It's unfortunate that once it gets past the creative opening, the movie's energy stagnates like a cadaver. But, just like Frankenstein's monster, as appendages are added, the electricity surges. The direction from Zelda Williams (daughter of the late Robin Williams) is uneven, but it's promising. Lisa Frankenstein is both like nothing you've ever seen before and still comfortably familiar.

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