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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 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 46 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).


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.


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.


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

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17 year old Written byalison360surf May 20, 2010


LOVED IT<3! this movie has to be my favorite horror film so far. it's kinda a mystery but an unepectied ending. my sister who is 12 wathed this movi... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written byCommon critic January 7, 2011

Some sex and language but not bad

The language and sex is mild but my kids are mature and responsible so I see no problem with it.my daughter loved it and so did I!
Kid, 12 years old August 29, 2010
This movie is really good, but it gets very confusing at the end. i would say the movie isnt really that bad, though there is plenty of language, f***ing is use... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bythecooldude1 February 2, 2011

for Preteens

it was a confusing movie and some sexual content and language i wouldnt let kids 12 and under see this movie.

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?

Movie details

For kids who love thrills

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