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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The ideas of "sisterhood" and "solidarity" are twisted and corrupted by characters like Jessica. Still, the survivors persevere over the killer in the name of the same sisterhood. College, or at least the fraternity/sorority side of it, is portrayed as a nonstop orgy of drinking, parties, and sex.
Positive Role Models
There's nobody worth emulating here, although the entourage includes some requisite "good" girls who reluctantly go along with the deadly coverup, not to mention all the decadence. The movie's few representatives of the adult world -- a U.S. Senator, a house mother, a therapist -- are depicted as ruthless, corrupt, and sinister.
Violence & Scariness
Blood spurts in many stabbings and impalings, chiefly thanks to a customized tire-iron bristling with blades. Shotgun blasts, one character is run down by a car, another's face is hideously burning from within by an incendiary weapon. Heads are bashed and noses bloodied by blunt instruments. Talk of dismemberment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female nudity (bare breasts) in the shower, a stripper at a party, and revealing clothing throughout -- including one get-up that shows a bare bottom. Talk of "blow jobs." Much additional talk about sex, most of it sordid, including sexual favors for drugs, sex secretly taped for the Internet, homosexual sex (a character is described as an "ass man"), date rape (seemingly condoned), etc. But most sex acts that are initiated are never completed, including a character found tied to a bedpost after an aborted kinky act. A character who turns down easy heterosexual sex is spitefully accused of being homosexual.
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Many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "hell," "whore," "dick," "laid," "hell," "ass," "damn," "douchebag," "a--hole," "oh my God," and, most of all, "bitches."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy drinking, talk of pills. One character is known as "Chugs" specifically for her voluminous drug/alcohol intake. Suggestion that "roofies" (aka date-rape drugs) have been administered. Inquiries about campus drug dealing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this college-set slasher bloodbath is full of gory deaths, mainly impalements. Sexual and erotic elements are graphic and lurid, beginning with a drugged-up "date rape" situation and continuing with casual references to sex as a tool for revenge, status, exploitation, and even commerce (trading sex for pills). Drinking is frequent (one victim is killed with a shattering liquor bottle), and college-level "education" is depicted as one alcohol, sex, and drug-saturated party after another. Profanity is the movie's least raw element, but you can still expect plenty of uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The bulk of this movie is just cruel sadism and violent death, not comedy, and it seems to take forever to get to the uninteresting revelation of the slasher's true identity. The usual clichés of violent attacks and characters wandering in darkened basements aren't made any easier by wobbly, dim, hand-held camerawork -- it's as though the onscreen binge-drunkenness spilled over onto the cinematography crew.
A remake of the obscure 1983 horror film House on Sorority Row, SORORITY ROW stands out mainly for the cynicism involved -- and not just that of filmmakers who are commercially peddling unoriginal gore-horror leftovers and party-hearty school imagery to impressionable young moviegoers. The movie's campus-bound characters are particularly nasty and practically deserve to be slain (the murderer basically says so at the end), and what little entertainment value to be found here lies in the film's satirical touches -- tongue-in-cheek dialogue (especially from Jessica) that emphasizes what awful people these are and actresses willing to take their bitchy sorority personas way over the top.
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