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Parents' Guide to

My Best Friend's Exorcism

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen comedy-horror tale has bullying, language, drugs.

Movie R 2022 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Not worth wasting an hour and a half of your life.

This movie was a fundamental disappointment considering all of the great content they could've taken from the source material.
age 16+

Good film just not suitable for 12 year olds

This film is rated a 12 on Amazon UK which I think is totally inappropriate. Luckily I was with my 13 year old when she watched it and I ended up switching it off as I think it was far too grown up for her. I was expecting it to be more of a comedy. I watched it myself afterwards and thought it was a good film, but just the age rating was wrong

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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