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Parents' Guide to

The Calling

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Faith-themed crime thriller has graphic violence, language.

Movie R 2014 108 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Excellent mystery thriller!

I found this film to be quite enjoyable! I loved the fact that it was mysterious with a dark errie vibe throughout. Susan Sarandon is wonderful as always and the acting was absolutely superb. It was nice to see Topher Grace play someone different. The story is not too scary for older teens but still has an incredibly creepy atmosphere and the killings that are shown afterwords are usually graphic and gory. It is a mystery suspense thriller done very well but with minimum action and more drama, I would definitely watch it again! Violence is gory and includes lots of murders which result in a graphic slit throat, a stomach removed from a body with dogs eating the remains, mouths of victims are manipulated into freaky positions, a suicide, a rotting corpse is discovered, people are poisoned, scalding hot water is poured on a woman's back as she screams. Language is strong but not too frequent which includes some uses of the f-word, sh*t and hell. No sexual content. Some scenes of drinking, a character may be an alcoholic, some pill popping. Overall, safe for teens 15+.

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Too much violence
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age 15+

Great mystery, but graphically violent.

This film is a very good dark mystery. It is hard to know what age is appropriate because each kid is different. If your child can handle graphic violence, gore, and bad language, then this film would be fine for them. If you have sensitive children, stay away from this film. The main character is also a pill-popping alcoholic who doesn't seem to be interested in changing. A good movie - but make sure you know your kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (1 ):

The bleak landscape of Hazel's quiet, small town of Port Dundas provides an eerie vibe to The Calling, and the ominous music adds to the suspense in this crime thriller. Although the serial killer's identity is confirmed midway through the movie, Christopher Heyerdahl's performance as the prophetic yet extremist Simon is best shown in the chilling scenes where he uses his faith to persuade his victims and his alternative medicine in an attempt to heal a young girl.

Sarandon effortlessly portrays a moody alcoholic whose pessimistic disposition often clouds her judgment, leading the audience to believe she may choose to become one of Simon's victims. Those familiar with the Bible will quickly recognize the religious references throughout the movie, and the ambiguous ending allows viewers to question Simon's faith.

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