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Parents' Guide to

The Gift

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

New twist on familiar thriller setup has tension, swearing.

Movie R 2015 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Creepy thriller best avoided...

Features creepy evil adult revenge for childhood bullying. Discusses/shows heavy themes: child molestation, child attempted murder and rape as revenge. Best avoided.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 14+

Thriller, The Gift, Chills But A Little Dissapointing

The Gift Is About A Husband & Wife Who Moved From Chicago To LA, and Meet A Childhood Friend. After Being A Little Too Clingy, He Begins To Do Disturbing Things To The Household. This Movie Is A Little Disappointing, With Few Jump Scares. Not To Say It Wasn't Enjoyable, It Was Just A While To Lift Off And It Was A Little Original. The Ending Was Sudden, And It Isn't A Movie I Would Really Recommend To Friends/Family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (11 ):

Making his feature directing debut, Edgerton takes the old thriller formula about a creepy, psychotic intruder and turns it upside down, giving it real-world weight and consequence. As the movie goes along, it hits all the expected beats, and Edgerton gets viewers thinking: Why won't this creepy guy leave this nice couple alone? But then, via some subtly skilled strokes, you start to think that maybe the nice couple isn't so nice, and maybe the creepy guy isn't so bad.

It's a welcome effort from Edgerton, who's part of an Australian film collective that routinely makes intelligent, compelling films (Animal Kingdom, Wish You Were Here, etc.), largely in the crime genre; Edgerton has already worked on several screenplays (The Square, The Rover) and short films. As with the others, THE GIFT peers a little closer at a familiar genre, asking smart questions about what makes it human.

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