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The Perfection

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, gory horror-thriller; language, sex, nudity.

Movie NR 2019 90 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+

Sexual Abuse & Complete Cringefest Ending

First off, I'm a young adult, not a parent, but as a woman, I was so utterly disappointed with this movie and felt the need to steer as many people away from it as I could because it is NOT preaching the right messages about sexual abuse...While this movie gives you the overall impression that it will be a classical music variation of Black Swan, this is not at all the case. Why actresses Logan Browning from Dear White People and Allison Williams from Get Out would choose to be a part of this movie is beyond me! This movie is not at ALL what was advertised or promised to me... If you have a weak stomach, this movie is not for you and if you are a survivor of sexual abuse, this movie is also NOT for you, as much is it may try to convince you otherwise...Without actually spoiling the ending, I will instead tiptoe around and give you a gist of why it's so messed up: Basically, the writers of this movie used sexual abuse/rape as a plot device for revenge in the last 15 minutes of the movie and the motives are SO. QUESTIONABLE. One character literally justifies heavily drugging another character, feeding into their hallucinations, and persuading them to cut off their hand as a way of escaping their abuser. It's supposed to be this "eye-opening," empowering, epiphany moment, when really, it was just an excuse to use gore in a movie. And if you're familiar with the gory daylight horror film Midsommar, then let me tell you— this ending's gotta be its watered-down, still disturbing cousin. Now, rape is a terrible, terrible, serious, inexecusable crime, but having its female victims counteract it with more violence is not the answer— That's just not what feminism's about! Sorry not sorry! Getting closure and professional help is one thing, but getting revenge is another. That being said, if you want ACTUAL good thriller recommendations, check out Parasite or Black Swan. Both are EXCELLENT excellent films!! Highly recommend.
age 15+

a prefect Movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Director Richard Shepard and his willing cast deliver a provocative, original, and gruesome psychological thriller that will surprise, repel, and satisfy fans who love bizarrely-clever horror films. Twists and turns come both when you expect them and when you don't. Viewers shouldn't look too closely at every plot point (Why in the world would Lizzie be sent away at such an inopportune time?), but a willingness to suspend disbelief throughout will be rewarded by the film's spectacularly freakish resolution. And, the less you know about the story going in, the better. The Perfection is only suitable for grownups with strong stomachs and an affinity for the macabre.

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