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Parents' Guide to

Talk to Me

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Terrifying horror has strong violence, disturbing imagery.

Movie R 2023 94 minutes
Talk to Me movie poster: A ghoulish embalmed hand reaches upwards on a black background.

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

Amazing, but so sad and hopeless

I would give it more of a 4.5/5. This movie is VERY frightening. I'm a huge horror movie fan but I don't know if I've seen a scarier film than this one. From a psychological and visual level, Talk to Me is very creepy. I took my 14-year-old sister and she didn't seem too phased by it, so I can't definitively say that no young teens should see this film. If they've seen a lot of horror movies, then they could be fine with it. It's one of those scary movies that is propelled by grief and trauma and then plays with viewers' anxieties to really freak them out. Plus, it is really really loud. Every little sound in the movie is like a thunderclap in the theatre. So if you've got an anxious or autistic teenager, this might be one to skip. Also, there's one particular scene where a character touches the embalmed hand in a hospital and is shown what Hell looks like-- which is one that I think younger teens should close their eyes for. It is very disturbing. In terms of sex, there are some references to sexual relationships, but that aspect of the movie is very PG-13. The violence is really what to watch out for, as it is incredibly gory despite it being a supernatural ghost movie. The movie is very good though, so it's definitely worth checking out. I was especially impressed by the cinematography, score, and acting. It's also nice to see a casually diverse cast, including a black main character. Really awesome!

This title has:

Too much violence
age 16+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Directed by brothers Danny and Michael Philippou, this movie is one of the most original and simply brilliant horror films from the past few years. It's a film that stays within the familiar beats of the genre, and yet is unlike anything you'll have seen before. Like all great scary movies, it takes a heightened, often supernatural element, which could be interpreted as something else in the real world. In this regard, it's similar to what fellow Australian horror movie The Babadook did in its depiction of grief and depression -- interestingly both Phillippou brothers worked on that film too. In this instance, the story feels like an allegory for drug abuse, especially among young people. Although the film steps far outside the realms of reality, it's grounded by great characters with believable dynamics and relationships, and also just great acting. But where this film truly leaves an indelible mark, is in its ability to disturb. Some scenes are so difficult to watch, you'll find yourself -- in the most cliched way imaginable -- actually watching through your fingers. It is brutal at times, but also brilliant.

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