Parents' Guide to

Mr. Harrigan's Phone

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Coming-of-age thriller has some graphic violence, language.

Movie PG-13 2022 104 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Not to be watched under 16 !

Thé quality of scenario, tense music and réalisme of the script make the kids very sensitive to the end, which is definitely NOT ADVISED to be watch under 16.

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Viewers might expect a horror-thriller, but this is more of a coming-of-age story about the perils of revenge and a reflection on how we've changed since the arrival of the smartphone. Mr. Harrigan's Phone is set in 2003 and the years after as the first iPhones came onto the market, but aside from some period music from the 2000s and the rise of texting and scrolling, the nostalgia isn't particularly heavy. The story is about the good and bad ways the wisdom and advice of older generations influences younger generations.

It's not for everyone, particularly those who see that it's a Stephen King story and expect scares on par with The Shining or It. Those expecting horror, gore, and even scares will be particularly disappointed when they learn that the "secrets" that the despised reclusive billionaire (wonderfully played by Donald Sutherland) keeps behind a locked door in his mansion aren't dead bodies, severed limbs, demons, etc., but are more in line with what the story is actually about. In the King canon, it's more akin to Stand by Me than anything else he's known for, and it's best for those who want a simple story that has some graphic moments but isn't defined by those moments.

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