Ouija

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Completely idiotic horror flick based on Hasbro game.
  • PG-13
  • 2014
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No message here other than that you should listen if someone tells you not to play with a Ouija Board.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teen characters here are ridiculous and not very bright. And for some reason all the adults go away on long trips just as everything begins.

Violence

Four teens die. While possessed by evil spirits, one hangs herself, and another bashes her head against a bathroom sink. Another falls into a plastic cover on a swimming pool, but his death is off screen. A fourth death also happens off screen. A girl with sewn-up lips is shown. Most of the violence is centered around spooky stuff -- screaming ghosts, jump-shocks, etc.

Sex

Some of the teens are in couples, but there's very little in the way of affection, kissing, etc.

Language

One use of "bitch," and two uses of "damn." A character is called a "total spaz."

Consumerism

The movie is based on the official Ouija Board game produced by Hasbro, and Hasbro is mentioned in the end credits. But it's unlikely that many teens will want to rush out and buy one after seeing this movie (it's not exactly an advertisement). Some Apple products are shown: iPhones, laptops, etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ouija is a horror movie based on the official game by Hasbro. Friends experimenting with the game end up connecting with a murderous evil spirit -- which results in several of the teens being killed, including one by hanging and another after her head is bashed into a bathroom sink (other deaths take place off screen). Lots of scary stuff is shown, including creepy ghosts screaming and charging at the camera, sudden noises, and jump-shocks. Some of the teen characters are in relationships with each other, but there's not much kissing. Language is infrequent, and there's no drinking, smoking, or drug use. Hasbro is credited as the legal owner of the Ouija game, and Apple iPhones and laptops are shown. If the movie catches on with teens, it will only be thanks to the "so bad it's good" factor.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bylilliey October 31, 2014

boring

It wasn't even scary it was boring me and my boyfriend wanted to leave like half way through it but stayed the whole time since we paid $18 . as soon as th... Continue reading
Adult Written bydavis4 October 26, 2014

it was not bad. what I expected.

It wasn't idiotic and it was actually good. Not scary. But ok movie.
Teen, 13 years old Written bymatts829 November 2, 2014

Scary but not too scary

This was my first scary movie and I loved it. It had thrill, suspense, and some nice jump scares. If your someone who is scared easily about spirits and ghosts... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter October 27, 2014

Waste of time

I agree with Commonsense that this is a waste of time, but this is a very serious situation that these people are in in this movie, and should not be taken ligh... Continue reading

What's the story?

In OUIJA, teen Debbie (Shelley Hennig) has been acting odd lately; she won't even let her best friend, Laine (Olivia Cooke), into her house. Suddenly Debbie turns up dead, and Laine decides to investigate via the Ouija Board she finds in Debbie's room. She gathers her friends, and they connect with an entity from the other side. But strange things begin to happen, and Debbie's friends start dying. After snooping in the attic where the board was found, Laine finds clues to its past and what might have happened. She gets further information from a mysterious woman (Lin Shaye) in an asylum. But the real danger has yet to begin.

Is it any good?

The movie offers some legit frights, but none of it matters when the story, characters, acting, and dialogue are so poor. Unlike the cheesy 1980s and 1990s Witchboard movies, Ouija is the official movie of the Hasbro board game. Co-produced by Michael Bay, the movie offers up all the textbook scares -- like sudden loud noises and jump shocks, ghosts opening up their mouths unnaturally wide and screaming and rushing toward the camera, and mysterious figures standing and facing a wall. Some of this stuff is still effective, which is why it has been copied, and it can generate some chills.

But the teen actors look like they mistakenly came from modeling school rather than acting school. They're very attractive but barely even mobile; they mostly pose and pout. Their behavior makes little sense (why does one teen ride his bike into a dark tunnel?), and the plot twists are lazy and formulaic. Only Lin Shaye as a crazy old lady offers up a spark of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Ouija's violence. How much blood and gore is shown? How does the movie achieve its scary effects?

  • What's appealing about horror movies? What makes this one scaryDoes a movie have to be gory to be scary?

  • Does the movie make you want to try a Ouija Board, or does it make you want to stay away from them? Why do you think Hasbro decided to let its product be used so prominently in a movie?

  • How responsible are the teens in this movie? Are any of them intended to be role models?

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