Parents' Guide to

The House

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sweet Korean animated ghost story has complex themes.

Movie PG 2011 82 minutes
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Parents may find the debate here oversimplified, but in some ways that's a good thing for younger viewers, who can easily digest the issues presented so intelligently here. And if that fails to grab them, they may still be transfixed by the imaginative spirits who watch over the houses, their search for the "God of Land" and the unexpected ways they try to hold on to the keepsakes every house leaves behind.

If you're looking for a captivating way to introduce heady issues like gentrification, old vs. new, and the debate about pushing forward while trying to salvage some of the past, The House is a sweet, quirky, often funny, if dispiriting, solution. The Korean animation mixes in real photos and footage from a presumably real neighborhood in Seoul, and sometimes veers into a lovely, watercolor-like palate of dreaminess as it navigates the two young female roommates with different values, and the spirit ghosts they befriend along the way.

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