The Final Girls

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Surprising mix of horror, comedy, and touching moments.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 88 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Shows that people today are somewhat more understanding of others than they used to be. Dealing with loss is a theme.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are likable, and they try to work together and help one another, but there's nothing extraordinary about them.

Violence

Brief gory images (severed head in a refrigerator, etc.). Violent car crash; a major character dies. Fire in a movie house. Neck-snapping, choking. Machete in a man's waist. Firecrackers thrown into an occupied outhouse; a character is burned. A second car crash and explosion, with a body snapped in two. Character is caught in a bear trap. More machete stabbing.

Sex

Sex talk and innuendo. Cover of Playboy magazine shown. Characters are thinking of having sex, but they're interrupted. Discussion of who's a virgin and who isn't. Striptease dance (no graphic nudity).

Language

Fairly infrequent language includes "s--t," "bitch," "hell," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters take Adderall, with intended-to-be-humorous effects. Minor characters drink beer and vodka. Cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Final Girls is a comical spoof of horror movies, with modern characters "stuck" inside a slasher movie from the 1980s. Expect a few gory and/or shocking slasher-movie moments, but compared to "pure" slasher movies, it's fairly mild. Characters also fight with machetes, and there are some explosions and a fire. Sexual innuendo is strong, but it's usually intended to be funny. A Playboy magazine is shown, and characters are definitely talking and thinking about sex (including discussion of who is and isn't a virgin). Language isn't especially frequent but does include uses of "s--t" and "bitch." Characters take the drug Adderall, and there's some cigarette smoking and drinking (beer and vodka). The movie is clever and funny, as well as surprisingly touching, as the main character learns to let go of a lost loved one.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDaniel m. July 28, 2016

best young tween slasher film

This film is amazing but could be scary for younger kids than a 12 year old There is some violence but no blood There is a bit of sex talk but very minor One... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 14, and 17 year old Written byFernando V. October 1, 2018

The Final Girls Review

The Final Girls is a hilarious humor mix with horror and has some really effective scenes filled with emotion and depth. I was completely surprised by this fil... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byJustATeenGirl November 21, 2015

A HIGHLY RECOMMENDED WATCH

Described as a "feel-good horror movie," there are graphic scenes in this touching and exhilarating flick that contain a little bit of blood, but are... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byNikhilb_123 February 19, 2016

The final girls is amazing!

I absolutely love this movie! I have seen it so many times now and it is so good. It is really funny but also has a good message. There are quite a few violent... Continue reading

What's the story?

As a teen, Max (Taissa Farmiga) loses her mother -- an actress in "B" movies (Malin Akerman) -- in a car accident. Three years later, Max is invited to attend a screening of her mother's most famous movie, the slasher film Camp Blood Bath. When a fire erupts in the theater, Max and four friends escape by cutting a hole in the screen and stepping through. Strangely, they wake up inside the movie itself, and, much to her shock and joy, Max is able to interact with her mother's fictional character, Nancy. Unfortunately, even though they know what's going to happen in the movie, the rules keep changing, and they must avoid fictional killer Bill Murphy ... or they could die in real life.

Is it any good?

The horror meta-movie has been done before (Scream), but this one edges past mere cleverness with a strangely touching emotional core: What would you do if you met a shadow of your lost mother? THE FINAL GIRLS starts with a genuine affection for the slasher genre, including a fake trailer for Camp Blood Bath that recalls the days of VHS video rentals. One of the characters is an uber-fan of the genre, effectively conveying the adoration that horror hounds have for the rules (and cliches) of their chosen genre.

Some of the movie-within-a-movie characters are silly, but the likable "real life" characters make up for it; naïve comments are trumped by more understanding ones. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) has fun staging and re-imagining horror movie moments, including flashbacks (with raining black-and-white goop washing away the color) and onscreen titles. Yet none of it is condescending. It stays true to the people who love movies and who love life as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about The Final Girls' violence. How much gore is necessary to the story? How does this movie compare to "regular" horror movies? Does the violence impact you differently because of the movie's tone?

  • Is the movie scary? Where does the line between horror and comedy start and stop?

  • Some of the women in the movie seem to have a hard time knowing when it is and isn't OK to have sex. What do you think of the way the movie deals with the topic of sex?

  • What's the appeal of old 1980s horror/slasher movies? Why do people enjoy them?

Movie details

For kids who love humor and horror

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