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The Moth Diaries

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Angst-ridden teen horror movie has suicide themes.

Movie R 2012 82 minutes
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age 16+


For some reason, I really wanted to like this movie. The trailer seemed interesting but the film turned out dull and didn't make much sense. The theme felt like it's been done before, I can''t put my finger on which movie. I almost didn't watch it all but managed to get through it. It's slow moving. Violence is pretty gory. Language isn't too bad for cursing, but there's one "f" word and several sex-related words. Sexual content includes a few dream-like scenes. A quick scene of nudity (bare breast) during sex and partial nudity, a teacher kisses his student, lots of sex talk, two females appear in bed together but nothing is shown. Pot is used in a couple scenes by a group of girls with some bad reactions. Not recommended for young teens.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Coming from the intense, button-pushing director Mary Harron -- of American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page -- THE MOTH DIARIES is a disappointment. Ostensibly made as an angst-filled teen horror movie in the vein of Twilight, it doesn't really have an idea of its own identity. For example, the boarding school is supposed to be on the site of an old hotel, but this isn't really used in any interesting physical way.

Despite an interesting, hushed atmosphere, scenes start arbitrarily in various locations throughout the school, with no real sense of place or time. As a result, the characters seem lost. Likewise, The Moth Diaries fails to balance its vague vampire themes and more overt themes of suicide. However the movie makes good use of Cole (also in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), an actress with a truly unique look who, like Elsa Lanchester or Barbara Steele, seems destined for a great career in genre films.

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