A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One of the movie's storylines concerns the mistreatment of kids with disabilities by a family member.
Positive Role Models
Teen brother and sister endure bullying and cyberbullying, find ways to stand up to it.
Thai characters in Thai horror movie. One of the main characters is a teen boy who wears a leg brace and struggles with his disability while trying to fend off a bully who has blackmailed him.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror imagery and jump scares throughout. Demonic baby vomits torrents of blood. Little girl shown dead after consuming rat poison. Man commits suicide by placing a gun into his mouth -- blood shown splattering against the wall after the gunshot. In flashback scene, man shot and killed, then his death is made to look like a suicide. One of the lead characters suffers a concussion and coma after getting into a head-on collision with a drunk driver. Drunk driver pulled out of their car, shot, doused in the alcohol he has been drinking, then set on fire. Close up of dead cat's face. Nightmare image of girl being shot as blood flows out of her mouth. Teen boy spies on and is physically aggressive towards teen girl lead character. Character threatens to release a video online of a girl taking a shower in the school locker room.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Talk of how the supposed best friend of one of the lead characters, a fellow cheerleader, slept with a boy in exchange for taking a video of her best friend while showering in the locker room.
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k" used by adults and teens. Also: "s--t," "a--hole," "bastard," "bitch," "jackass," "dumbass," "goddamn," "damn." Teen bully calls teen boy who wears a leg brace a "cripple." Rival cheerleader calls lead teen girl a "slut."
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Products & Purchases
Man shown passed out drunk with a bottle of Jägermeister next to him by the couch.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Man shown passed out drunk on a couch, accused of being negligent for being drunk and passed out while his daughter died under his watch. Man shown drunk driving. One of the lead characters gets into a car accident, a head-on collision due to a drunk driver, resulting in the lead character suffering a concussion and coma.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Whole Truth is a Thai supernatural thriller (in Thai with English subtitles) in which a teen brother and sister find a portal in a wall that shows them what really happened in their family's past. Expect horror movie violence and imagery throughout. A man is shown committing suicide by placing a gun inside his mouth -- blood shown splattering the wall after the gunshot. Man shot and killed. Another man dragged out of his car after driving drunk, shot, doused in alcohol, and then set on fire. Demonic baby shown vomiting torrents of blood. Young girl found dead after drinking rat poison. Woman suffers a coma and concussion after a head-on car accident with a drunk driver. Bullying and cyberbullying: a teen boy calls a teen boy who wears a leg brace a "cripple," is verbally abusive, and threatens to release a video online of his cheerleader sister taking a shower in the school locker room. Profanity throughout, including "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This supernatural horror tale is better than one might expect, but not as good as it might have been. The Whole Truth is a Thai horror movie that comes across as heavily influenced by movies like The Ring and The Grudge, but manages to find its own footing through a fast-paced story that builds suspense towards the big reveal at the end without spending any more time than necessary on getting to know the characters. The acting is above average, if melodramatic at times, and the creepy vibe in the set design and the horror imagery keeps the audience engaged. There's enough to it (even if just barely) to keep the audience curious enough to want to know where all of this is going.
Unfortunately, it doesn't really lead to anything satisfying, and the two-hour-and-five-minute running time ends up feeling like it's at least 30 minutes longer than it needs to be. Side stories fall short, to say nothing of plot twists that come across as forced and manipulative rather than entertaining and rewarding. The background music is excessive and obnoxious -- it's like any time someone blinks or turns their head, shrill and discordant industrial horror noise screeches and scrapes to the point that you start to believe that the filmmakers either have no faith in themselves in providing the scares, no faith in the audience to be scared without audio cues, or all of the above. These decisions by the filmmakers result in a movie that isn't as good or as scary as it might have been with more editing and less reliance on horror cliches.
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