Disturbing but memorable horror tale has bullying, violence.
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Piggy is a 2023 Spanish horror movie in which a bullied overweight teen discovers a serial killer in her village. There are many scenes in which the lead character, Sara, is mercilessly bullied through words, actions, and social media posts. Three teen girls in particular bully her, culminating in dunking her in the community pool with a pool skimmer before stealing her clothes. These scenes are extremely upsetting and may trigger those who have been bullied. There's also graphic horror violence, including teen girls tied by their wrists and ankles in an abandoned factory by the serial killer. A teen girl is shown screaming while being held prisoner in a van. A character's hand is shot off. Characters are shot and killed. There's also a stabbing death and neck biting, all bloody. Dead bodies are shown. Strong language includes "f--k" and "c--t." Weed smoking appears in one scene. The lead character is shown masturbating under the blankets in her bed, with audible sex sounds. Breasts are briefly shown.
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What's the Story?
In PIGGY, Sara (Laura Galán) is a young teen coming of age in a small Spanish village with her parents and brother. She works in her parents' butcher shop, where the popular teens hanging out on the street bully her mercilessly, calling her names like "piggy" and "bacon" due to her weight. Things come to a head when Sara goes swimming in the community pool: Three teen girls make fun of her for wearing a bikini, and then dunk her underwater with a pool skimmer before stealing her clothes. Things take an even darker turn when it's discovered that the lifeguard and server who work at the pool have been murdered and the three teen girls have gone missing. Sara knows what happened to at least one of the girls as she was walking home, but she's afraid to say anything to the authorities. Meanwhile, as more people are killed, Sara is asked by one of the popular boys to come forward, as he knows she was at the pool from a video that the bullying girls sent him. Traumatized beyond belief, Sara feels something of a bond with the serial killer, as she must decide whether or not to come forward with the information that she has.
Is It Any Good?
This is a disturbing, powerful, and unforgettable mix of coming-of-age trauma and serial killer horror. Piggy is likely to be a difficult watch for those who were bullied while growing up, as the lead character, Sara, is pretty much in a perpetual state of trauma -- first at the hands of all the popular teens in her town (and there don't seem to be any other kind), and then by witnessing a serial killer getting a kind of revenge on her tormentors that leads to a disturbing bond borne out of the trauma. As the coming-of-age horror becomes the blood and gore of horror movie violence, it renders the choice Sara must ultimately make that much more powerful, with an ending that should inspire spirited discussion.
As Sara, Laura Galán turns in an incredible performance as the bullied young teen facing the betrayal of a former friend, nonstop merciless bullying on all fronts (verbal, physical, social media), and an indifferent community and family, all without any way to work through it. There's really only one scene where Sara isn't tormented, where she smiles and almost lets her guard down -- given the chance to smoke weed with a popular boy who wants her to go to the police with what she knows. Both characters drop their guard for a brief moment before the community swoops in and they go back to the roles they play in their teen cliques. It's a beautiful contrast that offsets the traumas that happen before and after, and while there are some similarities to the 2001 classic French movie Fat Girl, Piggy stands on its own in its intensity and empathy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the bullying in Piggy. How is Sara bullied, and how does she try to cope? How do the community and her family respond? Is bullying an issue at your school? If so, what is being done about it?
How did the movie use the standard tropes of horror movies to tell the story? How did it combine a "serial killer" horror story with the coming-of-age traumas of a bullied young teen?
Was the graphic and disturbing violence necessary for the story, or was it too much? Why?
- On DVD or streaming: February 9, 2023
- Cast: Laura Galán, Carmen Machi, Richard Holmes
- Director: Carlota Pereda
- Studio: Hulu
- Genre: Horror
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters
- Run time: 99 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 13, 2023
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