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Sorority Row

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Satirical shadings can't save sorority slasher schlock.

Movie R 2009 101 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 15+

Bad acting and cheap thrills take over Sorority Row.

The only scary part about Sorority Row is the acting. When Audrina Patridge from MTV's The Hills is cast in the movie, you just know it will be horrible. Scenes in the film are expectedly violent, with the sorority girls being killed off in terrifying and gory ways. For instance, an entire wine cooler bottle is shoved down a sorority girl's throat, causing her to choke on the liquid and die. Girls are called "bitches" and "whores." There is sexual content galore, from a woman's bare torso being shown in the shower, to constant innuendo, suggestive dancing and clothing, boyfriend-girlfriend dynamics, and a particularly disturbing scene involving an older man preparing for sex with one of the sorority girls. Since this is a sorority themed movie, there are shots of raunchy parties and underage drinking. This film provides nothing of value to the slasher genre. My advice to you: skip this one.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Lots of violence and sex

the movie has one character who is willing to put herself in jail for a dumb prank. Overall the movie was fine. Has some talks of sex. Has nudity throughout the movie. Has some sexuality. The killings were gruesome. The girls acted like high school mean girls looking for drama. A lot of cursing throughout movie.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (23 ):

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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