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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Repeated themes of infidelity in relationships and cops behaving badly (vigilante justice or worse).
Positive Role Models
Nobody worth emulating here -- the characters are pretty much uniformly unsavory and unsympathetic.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody dismembered bodies, characters speared with pickaxes through the skull and torso. One such impaling makes a bloody eyeball pop out of the face. Another rips off a man's jaw and throws it across the film frame. A girl's head is split in two by a shovel. Characters are shot at close range. Visuals of ripped-out human hearts, as well as the gaping chest cavities.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters make a "sex tape" together in a softcore scene that features both male (from the rear) and female (from about every angle there is) nudity. An extended chase scene shows the same actress fully naked. Dialogue includes references to "hand jobs," marital infidelity, and out-of-wedlock pregnancy.
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Frequent strong language, including numerous uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "c--k," "p---y," "ass," "bitch," "damn," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Some product names in the background of a grocery store, barely distinct.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking, some drinking (including underaged). One character is obviously drunk. A main character takes some sort of prescription medication for mental illness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this ultra-gory slasher/horror remake is full of foulmouthed, unsavory characters, many of whom end up getting speared by pickaxe blades, shot, dismembered, and/or eviscerated. Human hearts are torn out and put inside chocolate boxes. There's extensive nudity in a sex scene that eventually becomes a nude chase-murder scene. Teenagers drink with abandon, police officers are unethical, husbands are unfaithful, and boyfriends are menacing. Strong language flows freely, from "damn" to "f--k" and everything in between. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It may or may not help that this shocker treats the whole plot seriously, not parodying the trashy cliches of such shockers the way the popular Scream movies do. MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3-D remakes a 1981 Canadian "splatter" film of the same name -- which itself was one of many copies of the original Halloween and Friday the 13th that got cranked out when studios discovered young ticket buyers with an insatiable appetite for cheaply produced, graphically explicit gore-sex-murder flicks with a strong teenage vibe. If you were very lucky, there might be a "whodunit" aspect and OK acting to make it more than just sadistic dare-you-to-look locker-room voyeurism.
That's the case with the 2009 MBV, which not only has a climactic twist but also well-done 3-D special effects (a "flat" 2D version was also released). Some visual gimmickry -- like an eyeball popping out -- exploits the "sicko" possibilities of the effects; others are spookier and more subtle, like the slow sweep of a rifle barrel or the lighthouse-like beacon of the killer's flashlight helmet. Only in the last 15 minutes or so are so many items poked and thrown in your face that it becomes deadening overkill.
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