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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a dark-humored horror story, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
The characters are too over-the-top and cartoonish to be considered positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent violence. Characters armed with machine guns attempt to carry out a mass murder in a mall. During this massacre, a man is shot at point-blank range. A man accidentally shoots two dogs with a shotgun. A woman pulls a knife on someone, acts crazy, and shrieks. A police chief is shot at point-blank range. Nightmarish imagery throughout. A head-on collision is shown between a semi and a car on a two-lane road. The refrigerator of a suspected killer has severed fingers crawling with cockroaches. A roach crawls out of the mouth of a decomposing cadaver. Characters get into fistfights and throw each other around. A man elbows his girlfriend in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One character tells another to "get yourself some."
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Occasional profanity: "s--t," "ass," "bulls--t," "a--hole."
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Products & Purchases
Cigarette brands mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer and wine on occasion but do not act intoxicated. While rooting around a suspected killer's ashtray, the main character remarks on how there are "Winstons, Camels, and Marlboros" in the ashtray.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Odd Thomas is a 2013 movie based on the Dean Koontz series of books. Nightmarish imagery, horror-movie violence, and moments of gore abound in this one. Also, there is an attempted mass murder in a shopping mall perpetrated by machine-gun-wielding characters. This movie also attempts to mine dark humor from images, as with that of a dead man with a severed arm using his severed arm to scratch his crotch, as well as well-timed flatulence from a decomposing cadaver that is covered in cockroaches. Although fans of the book series should appreciate the basic story of the titular character's clairvoyance used to stop the evils and horrors of this world, for those who haven't read the books, the gratuitous violence, bombastic production values, and stale humor don't make this the best way to start checking out Koontz's series. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although fans of the series of Odd Thomas novels written by Dean Koontz might enjoy this adaptation, those unfamiliar with the series will probably have a tough time with it. This movie is filled with way too much gratuitous violence, indulgent nightmarish imagery, and flat "dark" humor to be anything special. The dialogue is incredibly self-satisfied in its attempts at cleverness and wit, and there's such an air of obnoxious bombast in every scene, it's difficult to enjoy what could have been an interesting premise had the production been less heavy-handed.
Though it's certainly not the most graphic horror movie out there, the moments of gore seem to have no point except to keep audiences temporarily entertained in the cheapest of ways. For those looking to get into the story and adventures of Odd Thomas, the best bet is to start with the books; this movie seems best for die-hard fans only.
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