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On the surface, not many positive messages here. But it does focus on importance of keeping children and teens safe from predators on the internet. Can also teach families about importance of healthy communication, especially when problems arise.
Positive Role Models
Majority of characters aren't role models in sense that younger viewers can find positive behavior to emulate -- e.g., Megan takes friend Amy to a party where there's lots of drug and alcohol use, older teens and an adult having sex with minors, other dangerous situations. Megan also talks to and meets a man she met on the internet, leading to her death. Amy follows Megan's path of talking with the strange man, which ends in her own kidnapping and torture. But film does offer lessons about proper communication, safety in the real world and on the internet, and reaching out for help. Characters' biggest issues include keeping secrets from family members, and not talking with parents or trusted adult about serious personal issues like domestic and sexual abuse, peer pressure, internet conversations.
Violence & Scariness
Sexual violence including rape and coerced sexual acts on minors. Graphic discussions of sexual assault on a minor. Domestic violence such as slapping and yelling; torture and death. Underage nudity, such as underwear being visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Quick scenes of kissing and cuddling (one involves a minor with an adult) -- see "Violence" for more information on movie's violent sexual acts.
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Exclamatory use of "Jesus" such as "Jesus Christ." Also "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "ass" ("smart-ass"), "slut," "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs are mentioned and shown. Several long scenes of underage drinking and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Megan Is Missing is a found-footage horror film that's presented as being based on real events but is actually fictionalized. The film follows Megan (Rachel Quinn) and Amy (Amber Perkins), young teens who are kidnapped and tortured after talking with a stranger on the internet. The story is meant to teach viewers a lesson, but the film's sheer amount of torture and violent imagery is extremely disturbing. And despite the fact that it features young actors, the content is distinctly for mature audiences -- and even they might find it hard to watch. Expect scenes of rape and coerced sexual acts on minors, graphic discussions of sexual assault on a minor, domestic violence, torture, and death. Underage characters are shown in their underwear. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and more, drugs are mentioned and shown, and there are long scenes of underage drinking and drug use. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Directed by Michael Goi, Megan Is Missing is hard to watch. There are two reasons for that. The first is that the "found" footage used in the film can be long and drawn-out, creating a tedious viewing experience. Most of the acting is also lacking, breaking the illusion that the film is based on actual lost footage. (It feels more like reenactment quality, frankly.) The second reason is the amount of violence the film uses to get its point across. There are scenes of underage drinking, drug use, sex, and, most disturbing, rape. There's also a focus on torture and murder, which only increases the film's ick factor. More than likely, viewers will feel gross by the time the credits roll.
While the film's focus is to scare audiences into being safe on the internet, the reliance on disturbing imagery and scenarios could be seen as actually undercutting that message. Indeed, the film has become a viral sensation thanks to young TikTok viewers solely because of its graphic nature, not for its message of internet safety. If your teen happens to view this film thanks to TikTok, be sure to put the film in perspective for them and use it as an opportunity to talk about what it means to be safe online.
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