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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Teens drink and use drugs.
Some racial and ethnic diversity in the secondary characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror movie violence and imagery, as well as physical and verbal teen bullying. After becoming possessed by a demon, a teen girl encourages her friend to drink tea that's filled with tapeworm eggs that later hatch and writes a fake love letter to cause a friend to confess her love to her friend, resulting in gay shaming. The lead character gets dunked in a dunk tank and humiliated at a school fair. While possessed, a teen gets up in front of the class, sits down, and urinates (not shown, heard). Talk of rape -- lead character believes that her friend was raped by the boyfriend of another friend; a nun during a class lecture refers to alcohol as "rape juice."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sex and innuendo. Teen girl talks about how she would "do the pizza guy." Teen girls look through a yearbook and talk about who the "horniest guy" is. A performance by a faith-based weightlifting team at the school includes an unintentional reference to sex. Talk of masturbation. Implied dream of one of the teen girls fantasizing about kissing one of the teachers, a priest-in-training.
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Strong language throughout, including "motherf--ker" once and "f--k" used several times. Also, "c--ze," "s---ch," "bulls--t," "s--t," "d--k," "crap," "ass." Homophobic slurs. Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Domino's Pizza boxes prominently shown in one scene. Large storage can made to look like a Diet Pepsi can in background of another scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens take tabs of acid at a sleepover. Teens drink. Cigarette smoking by parent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Best Friend's Exorcism is a comedy-horror-thriller based on a novel in which a teen girl must save her best friend from demonic possession. Expect a fair amount of horror movie violence and imagery, as well as some verbal and physical bullying, including gay shaming. A teen girl encourages her friend to drink tea that's filled with tapeworm eggs that later hatch. While possessed, a teen gets up in front of the class, sits down, and urinates (heard but not shown). References to rape: During a class lecture, a nun refers to booze as "rape juice," and the lead character initially believes that the reason her best friend is acting so strange is that she was raped by their friend's boyfriend. Characters use strong language throughout, including "motherf--ker," "f--k," crude slang, and homophobic slurs. Teens take LSD at a sleepover, and some teens drink alcohol. There's also sexual innuendo, references to sex and masturbation, and cigarette smoking by an adult. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This solid comedy-horror-thriller wallows in 1980s nostalgia as well as the very real horrors of being a teen. My Best Friend's Exorcism is a standard mix of '80s references paired with a tale of demonic possession. It's at its best when it gets into real issues like bullying and humiliating friends for coming out as gay at a time when these issues weren't adequately addressed. The seriousness of these issues is counterbalanced by some humor -- scenes involving the faith-based weightlifting team that comes to the Catholic school are hilarious and definitely a deep dive into '80s life.
Aside from this, it's a pretty standard demon possession story, and after a while, all the '80s references in the world can't cover that up. The acting is fine across the board and the story moves along, but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table. Nonetheless, it's a fun scare for what it is.
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