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Rosemary's Baby

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Ultimate pregnancy scare miniseries is bloody, gross.

Movie NR 2014 176 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Rosemary's MAYRA.

AY MAYRA. AY AY MAYRA. AY AY AY MAYRA. AY AY AY AY MAYRA. AY AY AY AY AY MAYRA. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SHOWS OF ALL TIME. AY, it's got twice the MAYRA of the original. There is sex involved, but sex was involved with the original. Twice more MAYRA than violence, but twice more violence than sex. Keep this one far away from your kids, if they're sensitive to blood.

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Too much violence

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Given the classic status of the original Rosemary's Baby, it's inevitable that this take will be compared to it; surprisingly, it doesn't come off as badly as one might expect. Saldana makes a zesty and vulnerable Rosemary, and the film's choice to move Guy and Rosemary to Paris was a wise one: It provides a layer of discomfort and insecurity that's needed in our age of smart phones, when one wonders why Rosemary doesn't just Google "tannis root" or any of the other mystifying signs that appear to tell her all is not quite right with her pregnancy, or her marriage, for that matter.

It was also a good choice to flesh out Guy's story a bit. Polanski's movie never quite made it clear why a loving husband would suddenly rent his wife's womb to Satan. By illustrating more clearly some of the rewards Guy's looking to get (as well as sketching out what malice he'll face should he cross the Castavets), this part of the story holds together better. No, this won't be a classic on the level of Polanski's, it's just not artful and tight enough for that. But it has enough of its own appeal to make it worth a watch, especially for horror fans.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: August 19, 2014
  • Cast: Zoe Saldana , Jason Isaacs
  • Director: Agnieszka Holland
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Female actors, Black actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 176 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: June 4, 2023

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