She Dies Tomorrow

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Poetic, mysterious, and bloody movie about death.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

It's not exactly a pleasant topic, but movie deals directly with idea of death. It could prompt discussion of what people would like to do before they die -- or perhaps what things might seem more important than other things. Viewers may also think about why death is scary, why we tend to avoid thinking about it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are interesting and human, and don't really do anything wrong, but they're mostly just afraid, dealing with their own existence. You could argue that some learn lessons about what's really important, that some show bravery in the way they face their end.

Violence

Bloody stomach wound, dribbling blood. Dead body, partially shown. Blood spatters, smears all over. Blood in pool. Sudden loud noises. Discussion of process of skinning, tanning a hide. Mention of rape.

Sex

Graphic discussion of dolphin sex. Brief kissing. One character straddles another in bed; both fully clothed. Mention of past abortion.

Language

Several uses of "f--king," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "rape," "d--k," "oh my God," and "pray to God."

Consumerism

Amazon shipping boxes are shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters take mushrooms. A character drinks wine and gets drunk; she's said to have had a drinking problem. Drinking while driving. Cigarette smoking. Drug-related dialogue.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that She Dies Tomorrow is an experimental horror movie about a woman who suddenly believes that she's going to die tomorrow, and that idea spreads to others. Despite the unsettling subject matter, the movie is beautifully made: It's poetic, dreamy, and bold. Violence includes a partly obscured dead body and lots of blood. A character with a stomach wound has blood-soaked clothing, and she dribbles blood. There's also dialogue about the process of skinning an animal and tanning its hide, and mentions of rape. Language includes several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "a--hole," and other words. There's a graphic discussion about dolphin sex, kissing, and other mild sexual situations and dialogue. Characters take mushrooms, and a character who's said to have a drinking problem gets drunk and drinks and drives. There's also cigarette smoking and some drug-related dialogue.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLmweis December 6, 2020

Terrible

This movie makes ZERO sense. It’s slow & extremely, maddeningly frustrating. Naturally, the ending reveals nothing. TERRIBLE.
Adult Written bysaidItoyou September 12, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 December 13, 2020

She Dies Today!

This movie is so trash! It is one of the shortest horror movies! There is discussion about dolphin sex, some swearing and there is bloody violence! This is NOT... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SHE DIES TOMORROW, Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) is suddenly convinced that she's going to die tomorrow. She calls her friend Jane (Jane Adams) and begins to drink and shop for urns online; she also decides she wants her remains to be made into a leather jacket. Jane comes over, tries to cheer Amy up, and goes home. Then, Jane suddenly believes that she will die tomorrow. She goes to see her brother, Jason (Chris Messina), who's having a birthday party for his wife, Susan (Katie Aselton). Soon, the people at the party also start thinking that they're all going to die tomorrow, too. Each decides to use their remaining time to take care of some unfinished business, from taking a dangerous ride in a dune buggy to helping a loved one in the hospital to ending a sputtering relationship. But what will actually happen when tomorrow comes?

Is it any good?

Writer-director Amy Seimetz's poetic, terrifying movie explores an existential crisis without getting too intellectual, using dreamy sounds and visuals to yield emotion, pain, and clarity. Coming close to the feel of an experimental movie, She Dies Tomorrow never explains whether the movie's catalyst -- the characters' absolute belief that they're going to die tomorrow -- is real or supernatural or ... anything. It's unexplained, and it isn't the point. The point, of course, is that everybody (and everything) dies, but what should we do with the time we have? Some tie up loose ends, some try to be with family, and some try new things.

But even more poignant questions come up, such as what to wear and what to leave behind. Amy puts on her fanciest, flashiest dress, while Jane wears a pair of pajamas. Amy visits a tanner to find out how she can be made into a coat. Director Seimetz -- who's also an actor in movies like The Sacrament and Pet Sematary -- uses these touches and things like colored flashes (red, blue, and green), Jane's photographic artwork (pictures of blood under a microscope, as well as disturbingly artful blood smears), and Mozart's "Requiem" played many, many times, to conjure up an almost psychedelic feel. She Dies Tomorrow offers the idea that there are no wrong answers here, even when Amy asserts: "I'm OK. I'm not OK."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about She Dies Tomorrow's violence. How much blood is shown? Is the blood meant to be shocking or artistic? What's the difference?

  • Are drug use, smoking, or drinking glamorized? Are there consequences for substance use? Why does that matter?

  • What would you do with your final time in this life? What things do you think would become more important, and what things would become less important?

  • What do you think the movie is trying to say by making this situation contagious -- i.e., passed on from one person to another?

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