Parent reviews for The Butterfly Effect

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Common Sense says

age 18+

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Parents say

age 15+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 29 reviews

age 16+

Definitely not for kids.

The movie is great, and I enjoyed it very much, but it is very dark, dealing with child molestation, child abuse, child pornography, murder, prostitution, mental disorders, suicide, and other things that are not appropriate for children in my opinion. I'm not a parent yet, but I can't imagine letting anyone under 16 watch this movie, as it was troubling even for me. Don't get me wrong, the movie was great, but the subject matter is too grotesque and adult for kids to be subject to.

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age 14+

You Can’t Play God

I don’t know what the reviewer is going on about but this movie certainly is worthy of a good review. To give it 1 star shows bias, perhaps she just doesn’t like Ashton Kutcher. The movie has its depressing, violent moments but in the end it teaches you that you can’t play God and you should be thankful for the life you have, because having everything doesn’t necessarily mean you’re living a fulfilling life.

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age 17+

...common sense is not so common anymore

To the adults on here that are mad at the reviewer for saying violence and sex and rape and child molestation are inappropriate entertainment for children....you people should NOT be parents. Period. Just because things happen that are evil, doesn't mean we HAVE to NORMALIZE it to children for the sake of entertainment. You are BAD PARENTS. Stop lying to yourself. And perhaps quit breeding, k? Do us all a favor.... Anyways, Great plot, good movie, not really for children though.

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age 15+

An underrated tragedy with a poetic ending (contains spoils)

So I just saw this movie a couple of night ago and it was honestly really good, from the beginning to the ending. It's basically about a boy named Evan who has such bad headaches that he blacks out, and doesn't remember anything until he "wakes up", and most of these black outs occur during traumatic events, like when him and his friend Kayleigh are both molested. When Evan is an adult, he finds out he can read his journal and time travel back to the point of time he was reading from in his journal (if that makes any sense). Discovering this new power, Evan tries to correct somethings in his life like when he and his friend are molested, or when he tries to stop his dog from being burned alive from his friends brother. After he would do these changes in the past he would wake up in the present bleeding from his nose (some kind of brain damage), and some of the changes gives results like him being sent to jail, having his arms blown off, and getting locked up in a crazy house diagnosed with the same mental disorder as his dad. However, the ending I saw was just one out of another. Let me explain. In the ending I saw Evan watches the tape of his own mother giving birth to him, therefore transporting him back in time inside his mother as a baby, but when Evan does this he strangles himself on his own umbilical cord, and considering how fragile a baby is he ends up a still born just like his mother's previous attempted births, leaving him to never exist. The second ending is a lot more friendly and happy, Evan watches a tape of him and Kayleigh playing together as kids. Evan then goes back in time as a kid, and scares Kayleigh making sure they don't end up together to save his and her own life. That ending sucks. While the ending Evan lives is more satisfying and happy, I won't agree it's the best. The movie in my honest opinion is a tragedy, and just like any great tragedy is based on the suffering of the main protagonist to teach a moral lesson; the lesson of course being that things happen for a reason, and it's foolish to attempt to change things. Evan's death as a still born is arguably poetic, with how it was foreshadowed by a palm reader that said "you have no life line, no soul, you don't belong" and that seals the deal that whatever control he thought he had was all a fabrication, his whole life was a lie, no one remembered him, nor even considered him to be Evan, but just another still born. hell their life was even better without him, as tragic as it sounds. This movies does contain nudity, sex, use of drugs, extreme violence, extreme and controversial language, implied molestation of children, animal violence, dark and disturbing themes, and an ending that'll stick with you for days.

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age 13+

Intense

For older kids well teens. An intense movie that will shock you.

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age 15+

People are missing the point

People are missing the point of this movie. It is not gratuitous sex and violence, it’s not glorifying sex and violence and drug use. Real kids go through this stuff. Denying that is denying them. This movie is about a guy loving a girl and his friends more than life itself. And that you can’t make life perfect or control life and the lives of those you love the most. It can be a hard watch, but everything in the movie has happened to people and adults in real life. Think of them.

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age 13+

I loved it

At first I was iffy about it but as I watched it just became my favorite movie

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age 2+

boring

i feel asleep but it cool

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age 16+

The professionals have it all wrong

I really thought that this was well-done. Yes, the message wasn't exactly a positive one, but the outcome was better than negative.

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age 16+

Amazing movie!!

Although the movie does contain some disturbing violence and some language, I think that any teen above the age of 16 should be allowed to watch it... I looked up this movie on this website before starting to watch it and was expecting some sort of horrible movie with extreme violence because that's what their review says. But that's totally not what happened... this movie was a GENIUS movie, absolutely interesting and amazing, Ashton Kutcher was at his best. I highly reccommend this movie!