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The Invisible



Supernatural teen thriller is preposterous, awful.
  • Review Date: October 15, 2007
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A wayward, violent teen redeems herself by helping the person she hurt. A golden boy who resents his mother learns to empathize with her loneliness and grief.


Teenagers beat each other up, hold each other at knife- and gun-point, and nearly kill a character. Two characters shoot each other.


Two teens get drunk at a party and make out (fully clothed) in bed. Annie and her boyfriend kiss. In another scene, she's getting dressed for school, and he's bare-chested in bed (obviously, they spent the night together). Nick and Annie cuddle while sleeping.


The usual PG-13 words: "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," etc.


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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults drink champagne and wine; teens get drunk at a high-school party. A couple of characters smoke cigarettes. A character tries to commit suicide by taking pills.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this thriller is being heavily marketed to teens, so many of them will want to see it. Expect a fair amount of swearing and mild sexuality and plenty of teen-on-teen violence and criminality, much of which is perpetuated by a highly dysfunctional girl who lies, cheats, steals, and kills. The main character has a distant relationship with his mother, whom he secretly resents for expecting him to be perfect.

What's the story?

Ambitious high schooler Nick (Justin Chatwin) is thrown into a supernatural dimension after a run-in with delinquent classmate Annie (Margarita Levieva) and her henchmen in the thriller, THE INVISIBLE. Convinced that Nick ratted on them, Annie and her gang viciously attack Nick and throw his limp body into a manhole in the woods. Nick isn't quite dead, but he's not really alive, either, and his spirit must get someone to help his physical body before he succumbs. Nick haunts his perfectionist mother (Marcia Gay Harden) and his best friend, but he mostly hangs around Annie. She's guilt-ridden but unwilling to confess, even though the cops know she's involved. Her family life is messed up, Nick discovers, so perhaps her bad choices -- like accidentally offing him -- aren't really her fault. As out-of-body Nick continues to try to communicate with Annie, he becomes convinced she's his only hope.

Is it any good?


Most teens aren't serious film buffs, but even casual movie-going adolescents know the difference between a compelling, well-crafted high-school flick (Mean Girls, Brick) and a muddled mess like The Invisible. What's most ridiculous about this film -- even by teen-drama standards -- is that eventually Nick and Annie develop a thing for each other. (Apparently being a ghost makes you extra forgiving, especially if your killer is gorgeous beneath her hoodie and skullcap.) In one scene, Nick has to repress his invisible-man urge to spy on her in the shower. And Annie, for some preposterous reason, decides to crash into Nick's room, where she caresses his face in old albums as if he'd been her boyfriend instead of, you know, the guy she bloodied.

By the time the climactic hospital scene occurs, it's hard to care whether Nick or Annie are ghosts, semi-conscious, or just plain dead or alive. But as long as teens buy tickets, the studios will just keep churning out these laughable stories.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about parental expectations and gender issues. It's unusual for a teen thriller to have a female villain like this one -- instead of a catty high school "mean girl," she's aggressive, violent, and in many ways "masculine." Do parents expect different behavior from boys than they do from girls? Why? Does the media play a role in establishing those expectations? If so, how?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 27, 2007
DVD release date:October 16, 2007
Cast:Justin Chatwin, Marcia Gay Harden, Margarita Levieva
Director:David S. Goyer
Studio:Buena Vista
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, criminality, sensuality and language -- all involving teens.

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Kid, 12 years old August 21, 2013


I really enjoyed it and think it is definitely worth watching!!
Adult Written bypzd April 9, 2008

Nine dollars!!

This movie was a waste of 2 hours of my life I will never get back. There were so many flaws in the movie it was impossible for me to suspend my disbelief. Finally, the main take home message is that if you have long pretty girl hair you can get away with anything. She couldn't be responsible for anything she does...look at that hair?!?!? This was a nine dollar movie cost about eight dollars too much.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

a movie that teaches a lesson

This movie really teaches that everyone has a good and a bad side. I really enjoyed it and think it is worth seeing.


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