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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Scary horror thriller may spook sensitive viewers.

Movie PG-13 2022 88 minutes
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Director Chris Sivertson takes the monster movie to a new, more sophisticated level in Monstrous. The movie's creature is likely to freak out young teens, who may not appreciate the movie's upside-down story. But parents will not only appreciate the plot; they're also the ones who will feel their hearts ripped out as the film, and Laura, unspools.

Part of screenwriter Carol Chrest's cleverness is setting the film in the 1950s. Pop culture tends to reimagine the mid-century as a time and place that was perfect. Laura is striving to be the perfect mom, to have the perfect house, to raise the perfect child, and for them to have a perfect life. When that's not what life hands her, she's determined to start over and make it so. It's relatable, and seeing it all through the lens of the era helps drive home the familiar internal nagging that we must try harder -- i.e., surely, if we wear a lovely pressed dress and the right shade of lipstick, create enviably cute party invitations, and pack a lunch just like our kids like it, our family will be happy. The script messes with us as we wonder whether the monster is real, imagined, or something in between. It's a different kind of scare, reminding us that danger is everywhere, even in our backyard, but we can't let the horrors of reality consume us.

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