Mommie Dearest

Movie review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Campy skewering of Hollywood star is both silly and sad.

PG 1981 129 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 14+

This is NOT PG

This is a movie about a broken, abusive family. Once it came on in the middle of the night when I was 11 and I was scarred. And I had seen movies like Grease, West Side Story, and Nightmare On Elm Street 1 and 2 at the time. Characters drink and smoke, physically abuse their children, and much more. Children should not watch this. If you've seen a psychological horror film focused on family abuse, this isn't for you. I've played DDLC, a game where characters cut, are abused by their parents, and commit suicide. That's less scary than this movie to me.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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