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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages to speak of. Expect extensive discussion of terminal/mental illness, violence, and murder.
Positive Role Models
No notable positive role models. A stepmother is cruel to her mentally fragile stepdaughter (and may be guilty of much worse).
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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One non-sexual use of "f---ed," as well as "ass," "a--hole," "s--t," "goddamn," "bitch," and "bitchy."
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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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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