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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While vampires may be blood-sucking dangers, half-vampires can be quite tame and use their powers to protect their families. Girls love a mystery; Vic advises friends who are less successful than he with women that "girls love you if they think you're not into them."
Positive Role Models
Nancy is determined that her stepbrother is a vampire plotting to kill her. She studies the occult and carefully plots to protect herself. Vic is friendly, kind, polite, and helpful, even as his new sister accuses him of nefarious intentions. The proprietor of an occult shop is shady and seems only interested in money.
Violence & Scariness
An unstable therapy patient comically wields sharp hatchets but doesn't harm anyone. Nancy runs around throughout the movie in a state of alarm, trying to panic her friends about the threat of vampires among them. In a comic scene, Jimmy and Mitch stab voodoo dolls of each other and scream in pain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A school principal asks a handsome student to stay in her office because she thinks he's attractive, but this is played for comedy, and she never stands anywhere near him and he leaves immediately. A teenage boy and girl give each other a close-lipped nano-second kiss. Lucy describes Vic as "hot," but his sister Nancy takes this literally and assures her that her brother's hands are cold. "Have you ever touched him?" Nancy asks. "No," says Lucy, "but I'd like to."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine glasses are full at a dinner, but no one drinks.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Stepbrother Is a Vampire!?! is a 2013 silly comedy. The teenage obsession with the Twilight series is cited repeatedly throughout. High school boys and girls try to figure out how to attract each other, and when a magnetic handsome stranger comes to their school, the girls want him and the boys want to know his secrets. His stepsister is convinced he's a dangerous vampire and plots to kill him with comic results. Sex is implied, but nothing more than a nano-second peck is shown on-screen. Crucifixes are wielded as protection against vampires. An unstable therapy patient comically wields sharp hatchets but doesn't harm anyone. Nancy runs around throughout the movie in a state of alarm, trying to panic her friends about the threat of vampires among them. In a comic scene, Jimmy and Mitch stab voodoo dolls of each other and scream in pain. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The opening action is narrated by a sarcastic cat, and that interesting device showcases the script at its most clever; things go downhill from there. Director David DeCoteau, also known for such works as 90210 Shark Attack and Bigfoot vs. D.B. Cooper, trained under director/producer Roger Corman (Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf), king of the cheap and terrible horror/slasher flicks, and the sets, costumes, and performances look about as low-budget as it gets. Male model Jud Birza, winner of the 2010 Survivor series, gets away with a one-note performance -- his job is to be a chick magnet, which he accomplishes handily by simply standing there in front of the camera. Not the best, but could be silly fun for a sleepover party.
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