The Uninvited

Movie review by
James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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American remake of Korean horror film is violent but dull.
  • PG-13
  • 2009
  • 87 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages to speak of. Expect extensive discussion of terminal/mental illness, violence, and murder.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No notable positive role models. A stepmother is cruel to her mentally fragile stepdaughter (and may be guilty of much worse).

Violence

Extensive horror violence, blood, and gore, with slashing, stabbing, and fighting. Mutilated, disfigured, and burnt bodies appear to the main character as apparitions. Knives and hypodermics are brandished as weapons. A character is seen being pulled form the water, dead. A character has wrist scars from a suicide attempt. Characters manifest supernatural deformities before threatening the main character.

Sex

A young man kissing a young woman says "I love you ... and I have a condom." A daughter references how her father and his girlfriend are having sex "three times a night." Lovemaking noises are heard. A brief sex scene leaves much to the imagination while still conveying the facts of the matter. Two characters rooting through a woman's things find and discuss her vibrator. Some additional kissing.

Language

One non-sexual use of "f---ed," as well as "ass," "a--hole," "s--t," "goddamn," "bitch," and "bitchy."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A teen character makes several references to excessive drinking: "I'm working off my hangover," "It's going to take a lot of alcohol to get through this," and so on.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this moody supernatural horror movie is very gory and violent, with everything from mutilated corpses and lots of flowing blood to contorted human bodies speaking and moving. The story revolves around a widowed father whose daughters object to his relationship with the woman who nursed their dying mother; the film doesn't explore this at great length, but it provides a sexual subplot that runs through the film. The main character has been institutionalized after a breakdown; the movie also includes teen drinking, strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t") and references to sex.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byzoomin November 26, 2019

The Uninvited

My ten year old begged me to watch this movie and I stupidly said yes. After the movie we as a family thought it had a lot of flaws. It was also pretty scarry f... Continue reading
Adult Written byWhatemail0 July 10, 2019

If anything it's a twist you won't get in many other movies.

Truly, it is a dark film, but that doesn't mean it should be abandoned. It starts with a PG-13 setting of a child who lost their family in a harsh way, and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKCL10 October 4, 2019

it was a great movie and not too scary

if you are looking for a movie that you can have a good time with or one that you i’ll give you a little spook, then this is a great movie to watch. Especially... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrespondible_guy March 27, 2020

very good and many good fear for teens....

Being very good horror movie for teens and very nice twist but before the twist you could not understand anything.

What's the story?

After a brief sanitarium stay following a breakdown and suicide attempt in the wake of her terminally ill mother's death in an explosion, Anna (Emily Browning) is going home. Glad as she is to see her father (David Strathairn) and sister (Arielle Kebbel), Anna is less happy to see her father's girlfriend, Rachel (Elizabeth Banks), who -- not coincidentally -- used to be her mother's nurse. Haunted by visions, Anna begins to realize that perhaps Rachel had something to do with her mother's death.

Is it any good?

Another in a long line of Asian horror films remade for American audiences, THE UNINVITED has all the hallmarks and drawbacks of peers like The Grudge and Pulse. There are familiar scary visions, a reliance on atmosphere over plot, and a contempt for the audience -- manifested by emphasizing violence and chills over plot and character, as if enough blood and gore will distract us from the shabby plot moments and the characters' shallowness.

Worst of all, The Uninvited builds to a climactic twist that feels more annoying than exciting and more shallow than suspenseful. The filmmakers want you to examine all the ways that the twist rewrites what you've seen before, but that aim would be a lot easier to accomplish if they'd actually given you a reason to care about all of that stuff. The Uninvited whould perhaps have been more honestly titled The Uninspired.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the central plot point -- what challenges do families face after the death of a parent? How does this movie exaggerate some of those real-life issues? Do you think it's trying to send a particular message?

  • Why ar Asian horror films so popular as material for Hollywood remakes. How does their typical style of violence differ from other kinds of horror movies?

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