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The Guest

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent thriller has strong characters, lots of iffy stuff.

Movie R 2014 99 minutes
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It's a good-looking production, as opposed to director Adam Wingard's previous films' jerky, ugly feel. With his earlier films, including V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and You're Next, it appeared that Wingard wasn't much more than a horror fan happily paying tribute to the films he liked, without any real interest becoming his own filmmaker. But with THE GUEST, he's finally stepped up and created something that feels skillful and resonant.

For the first time in Wingard's work, death means something. Departed soldier Caleb affects everyone else. The characters are all wounded, and Wingard seems to sympathize with them; it makes sense that they would turn to David for relief. In the part, Stevens (from Downton Abbey) is clearly not sane, but he's also mesmerizing. Building on this, Wingard creates a story out of fascinating, prickly human interactions. The movie has its share of crazy thrills, but it's the characters that really make it work.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 17, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: January 6, 2015
  • Cast: Dan Stevens , Brendan Meyer , Maika Monroe
  • Director: Adam Wingard
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Picturehouse
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 99 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence, language, some drug use and a scene of sexuality
  • Last updated: September 24, 2023

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