The Village

  • Review Date: January 10, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Thought-provoking thriller too intense for some.
  • Review Date: January 10, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

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What parents need to know

Violence

Intense peril, characters killed, some graphic images and scary surprises.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very tense and scary thriller that may be too much for some tweens. Know your kid. While much of the scary stuff is in the audience's imagination, there are some scary jump-out-at-you surprises and some gory graphic images. Characters are attacked and killed. Some viewers may be concerned about the portrayal of a developmentally delayed and possibly disturbed character.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The people of the village of Covington have an uneasy truce with creatures who live in the woods that ring their town. Fear keeps most residents well inside the boundaries ringed by flags, but reckless teens dare each other to test the boundaries, and developmentally disabled Noah (Adrien Brody) doesn't always do what he's told. The story centers on sisters Ivy (Bryce Dallas Howard), who's blind, and Kitty (Judy Greer). Both are drawn to Lucius (Joaquin Phoenix), but he only has eyes for Ivy. Lucius angers the creatures by venturing into the woods, and there's an attack. But then something else goes very wrong and someone else must enter the woods...

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Producer/writer/director M. Night Shyamalan is in some ways the victim of his own success. He's under a lot of pressure to keep pulling surprise endings out of cinematic hats. The problem is that an expected surprise is, in addition to an oxymoron, inevitably disappointing. Yet he knows how to use the camera to tell the story and has a sure control of tone and pace, alternating gasps and laughs to keep things moving. The heart of the movie is Dallas Howard (daughter of actor/director Ron Howard) as Ivy, who is always fresh, touching, and real.

The plot is a familiar yet compelling quest into the woods, a soul journey, and we get a nod to that when a young yellow ridinghood (red upsets the creatures) enters the woods on a mission of mercy. Shyamalan is not, well, afraid, to take on some big notions about fear and inhumanity and he creates characters we are willing to trust and care about.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what drew the families in the village to settle where they did in spite of the risks. They could also think about whether there were any clues in the movie that pointed to the ultimate twist. Why did Edward send Ivy? The movie was originally called "The Woods." Is that a better title? What is the scariest part of the movie and why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 30, 2004
DVD release date:January 11, 2005
Cast:Adrien Brody, Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix
Director:M. Night Shyamalan
Studio:Buena Vista
Genre:Thriller
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:a scene of violence and frightening situations

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Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2010
AGE
15
QUALITY
 
i liked it, but it dosent have very much action at all. there is a pretty small amount of violence, but lots of scary scenes. there are a few parts that are bad messages
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 14, 2009
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14
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Mature teens+.

Most of this movie, I think could generally be acceptable for 13+, but some parts push that, ie graphic descriptions of violent and sometimes s**ual crimes, and a bloody murder scene. Not for young kids.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old May 29, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

wtf

overall it was a fine movie but what i do not get is why 92% of all people say that the sexual behavior was inopropriate there was nothing sexuall in it it was not that great and it kind of bored me to death if you call this pg-13 then barney is like the scream movies

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