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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages here, except that perhaps it's wise to ask more questions before you buy a house -- and also, be careful where you put out your cigarettes.
Positive Role Models
Characters are all mechanical/without any inner life; they switch back and forth between irresponsible behavior and heroic behavior as the plot demands it.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and shooting. Dead body. Dead deer. Imagined sequence of smashing a wine bottle in someone's face. Murder with axe. A man fights with a woman, slamming her around, against walls, etc. He licks her unconscious body. Fight with knife, stabbing. Fighting and punching. Character bashed in head with baseball bat; blood spray. Jump scares. Truck runs into jogger on road, knocks him down. Bloody flashback, woman with shotgun in mouth. Some blood. Fall from upstairs balcony. Big cat kills a zebra on a nature TV show. Poison mentioned but not used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two non-explicit sex scenes, with characters half-clothed. Kissing. A naked woman's side-view silhouette is seen through an opaque shower door. Man ogles a woman's bottom. Married man flirts with a server; some innuendo. Other woman briefly kisses a married man.
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A use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bulls--t," "p---y," "damn," "goddamn," "ass," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Google mentioned; Apple iPhones shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character drinks several tequila shots, gets belligerent. Characters smoke cigarettes in several scenes. Several scenes of social drinking, mostly wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Intruder is a mechanical thriller about a psychopathic stalker (Dennis Quaid) who terrorizes a young couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who bought his old house. Violence is pretty intense: Expect guns and shooting, dead bodies, blood spurts, a man beating up a woman, fighting with knives, stabbing, punching, a character getting knocked over by a car, jump scares, and more. There are two relatively tame sex scenes, in which the partners are half-clothed and covered; kissing is shown. A woman's naked silhouette is visible through an opaque shower door, a man ogles a woman's bottom, and a woman tries to kiss a married man. Language includes one use of "f--k," a few uses of "s--t," and a few other words. A man drinks several tequila shots in one scene, but otherwise drinking is mainly social and mostly wine. A character smokes cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Yet another example of the "psychopathic stalker" subgenre that was popular in the early 1990s, this thriller is thoroughly mechanical and laughable, almost totally lacking in any kind of humanity. The Intruder thankfully isn't as offensive as director Deon Taylor's last movie, Traffik, which tried to combine exploitation filmmaking with message-mongering, but it's still empty and lifeless. Weirdly, it's similar in some ways to Jordan Peele's Us, but without that movie's cleverness. Rather, the screenplay for The Intruder is a computer-like contraption that simply moves pieces from one place to another to make things happen. The characters, and the actors stuck playing the roles, have little choice but to follow along.
If the main characters agree or disagree, they're only doing so because the plot requires them to at that precise moment. They have no inner life -- and, other than occasionally sitting down for a meal, they never seem to actually do anything. Quaid's Charlie switches gears radically from a polite character to a savage, grunting monster with nothing in between; there's no hint of what he's actually like or where all this might have come from. Good is the only thing worth seeing in The Intruder. As with her brief role in Shazam!, she brings a warm kindness and humanity to her character, as well as humor and toughness, that somehow still come through as she makes genuine attempts to connect with Charlie. It's a shame the movie couldn't have been worthy of her talents.
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