The Frighteners

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent, frenzied, foul-mouthed ghost comedy.

R 1996 110 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Violence is definitely on the R level but swearing is more on PG-13 level. Fine for 15 and up

The R rating is appropriate for the violence as it does get pretty bloody at times. It will probably also scare some younger kids. However there is no sex or nudity and the language is really more on a PG-13 level. I didnt count any f-words all of the language would be acceptable for a PG-13. If you have teenagers who want to watch horror films this is a good one to start with as long as you are not offended by some over the top violence. While the profanity is frequent it is pretty tame for an R rating and everything you hear you will find in PG or PG-13 movies. Its pretty violent but it's a good movie and I would say it is a tamer and safer choice for teenagers who are interested in horror. Kids 15 and up will likely not be very scared and will laugh a little too there are some really funny scenes. Older teenagers are likely to be more entertained and find it cool than find it scary and terrifying. Not for young ones but ok for 15 and up.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 11+

Fun and Scary Ghost Movie

I think this movie is very underrated; I wasn't expecting a lot based off the other reviews. The movie is really a PG-13 movie with one scene that feels like it hits the R for violence (but even that in today's cinema still feels PG-13). Michael J. Fox is great as a grieving ghost seeing con man who is going to be pulled into the hero role despite his insistence that he isn't a good guy. The cinematography and direction are beautiful with a great mix of different shots and techniques which make it visually very interesting to watch as well as the techniques enhancing the drama and character emotions. I really appreciated that the woman lead, Trini Alvarado, wasn't sexualized, and was complex, smart, caring, and kick ass.

This title has:

Too much violence

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