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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie tries to say things about nature of evil but doesn't ever hit on anything terribly profound (or even consistent). Main takeaway: Never buy a boat without letting your wife know about it first.
Positive Role Models
Sarah appears to be a fairly strong woman, but she has a checkered past. One of the secondary characters is of Latinx heritage. But on the whole, nothing here worth emulating.
Violence & Scariness
Young girl smashes a glass into another character's face. Bloody wound carved in flesh. Characters die. Blood splatters. Characters attack with knives. Character hit with crossbow. Hitting, fighting, struggling. Scary face, scary hands with claws. Characters in noose, tied up. Character thrown in water. Screaming. Nightmare sequences. Explosions. Guns drawn. Reference to a character hanging himself. Mildly disturbing drawings shown during closing credits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss. Tattoo of a woman with bare breasts. Teen girl in skimpy bikini. Spoken reference to marital infidelity.
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Intermittent language: "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "a--hole," "dammit," "goddamn," "hell," "stupid," and "poop," plus "Jesus" (as exclamation) and "God knows."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink during a party/celebration. Reference to someone being hung over.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mary is a horror movie about a family on a haunted sailboat. It's quite violent, with blood splatters, bloody wounds, and death. Characters fight and attack other characters with knives or crossbows, and characters are tied up or thrown overboard. There's also some scary stuff and nightmare sequences, plus guns and an explosion. Teens kiss, a teen girl wears a skimpy bikini, and there's a spoken reference to marital infidelity. Language includes infrequent uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more. Adults drink during a scene of celebration, and there's a reference to someone being hung over. Despite the talented cast (including Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer), the movie is poorly made, clunky, and dull. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the acting talent involved, this waterlogged haunted-boat horror movie feels like a bunch of odd, used pieces strung together. Cinematographer/director Michael Goi, who's mainly a veteran of television (Scream Queens, American Horror Story), either seems to have lost control of Mary, or else the screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows, Satanic) never had much in it to begin with. Certainly the idea of a haunted boat movie is appealing, because, as one character says, there's nowhere to run. But this is just clunky and dull.
The haunted ship idea isn't used for more than silly "nightmare" sequences or to supply characters who are seemingly possessed and acting weird. There's nothing imaginative here and certainly nothing very scary. Worse, the characters are pencil-sketch thin, with very little indication as to what makes them tick. It's difficult to care about them. Perhaps most shocking is that Mary manages to make Oldman -- a Best Actor Oscar winner for Darkest Hour -- look bad. His line readings are wooden and hesitant, as if he's either bored, confused, or both. In that, he's certainly not alone.
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