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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Disturbing thriller about a babysitter; cursing, violence.

Movie R 1992 110 minutes
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age 15+

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age 15+

Scary in an great way for back them very original and keeps I on it toes xx

Jeremy 1st review on this site I'm 33 nearly 34 and I love love love this film. Ok so this has so !any good things I could write about but I want to play devils advocate n be neutral ! So the film is very twisted if say it's a psyholoigcal thriller and a cult classic things that people would or could find problematic are The depiction of Solomon (a black gentleman who in there first meeting when she sees him pass her window she screams calling her husband n this wouldn't have happened if he had been a blonde white woman !!!) with mental health problems was very problematic to me though as the one person who is black is mentally handy capped but it's done in a way to almost lighten the mood with laughter but apart from this plus the husband being a sleazy ball who she forgives even though he was sleeping with the enemy I guess of someone droppes a glass house roof on you then all is forgiven. At times the wife really annoys me but I really love the portrayal of Peyton the nanny by Rebecca Dr Monnay! She just is amazing and thoughts eyes 👀! lo again this is a favourite film of myn so please watch u will not be disappointed Xx

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The strong cast and script take a story that could easily feel like cheap exploitation and raise it high enough to be a decent choice for mature viewers who enjoy squirming as the tension builds. The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a fairly quiet, gently paced drama; there are no jump scares here. But director Curtis Hanson manages to build suspense and tension very effectively, even when the audience is fully aware of everything that's going on. Hanson seems to know that the real drama is in watching well-developed characters respond to everyday and highly unusual situations.

Unfortunately, all the tension and suspense build to the only ending Hollywood seems capable of coming up with: violent deaths and a big fight scene. Teens may not mind if they have the patience to wait for the action to pick up. The sexual molestation issues make it best for mature teens, and it's also a good opportunity to talk to your teens about how to be comfortable and safe during physical exams, and what to do when you're not.

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