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Significant Other

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Solid sci-fi horror tale has strong violence, language.

Movie R 2022 84 minutes
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This is an engaging sci-fi horror movie that's also a dark commentary on love and relationships. Significant Other goes into some genuinely surprising directions -- especially remarkable since it doesn't take much to figure out the "twists" in most horror movies. Yes, there are some of the story touchstones and clichés of horror (the local who warns of bad things before the bad things happen, secondary characters doomed to face a gory death, etc.), but these are far outweighed by the movie's original moments.

As "nice guy" Harry, Jake Lacy goes in some interesting directions. Without giving anything away, what starts out as a character study of a couple who are in love but also wary of committing to marriage morphs into questioning the essence of love and what that may mean for the individuals involved. Maika Monroe is terrific as Ruth, Harry's longtime girlfriend who struggles with anxiety, particularly with this hiking and camping trip, even before everything falls into chaotic disarray. It's an effective pairing of sci-fi and horror, and like the best of both, has something deeper to communicate besides the scares.

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