A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
The four adults binge-drink, vape weed, and discuss their sexual escapades.
One the characters is of Caribbean ethnicity. One is Latino and speaks in both Spanish and English to his two young children.
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Violence & Scariness
Bloody horror violence. Characters stabbed, shown with slashed and bloody chests. Knife to shoulder, where it remains for quite some time. A kid spears an adult character with a fireplace shovel. A kid is shown choking to death. Characters dragged to their deaths. Bloody noses signal the doom to come. Jump scares throughout. A kid is on the verge of stabbing his parent with a metal poker. In the middle of a heated argument, one character punches another in the face.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While two women discuss their sex lives, one tells the other about how she and her husband recently swapped partners with another couple -- some detail on how it went. Later, this secret is used against them. Some sexual innuendo.
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Strong language throughout, including "f--k." Also "s--t," "goddamn," "damn," "hell." One of the kids says "f--k s--t f--k s--t" over and over again in one scene.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults binge-drink before the scares begin. Booze, wine, beer. Gin and tonic out of a thermos while hiking. Hangovers. Weed vaping. "Joint smoking" gesture.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that There's Something Wrong with the Children is a 2023 horror movie in which two kids become possessed after a hike in the woods while on vacation with their parents. Expect some bloody violence, including characters covered in blood, covered in stab and cut wounds, and a large knife to the shoulder. One of the kids chokes to death, and the parents are shown intensely grieving. Bloody noses signal the doom on the way. Before the scares, the four adults binge-drink and are hung over the next day. Some also vape weed. Strong language includes "f--k," and a scene in which one of the kids repeats "f--k s--t f--k s--t." Before the terror begins, the adults discuss their sex lives, and one of the women tells the other about a recent group sex experience she and her partner had. Jump scares throughout. 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 is a horror movie with occasional eerie scares that are marred by clichés. There's Something Wrong with the Children has some scary moments as the tension builds and these scares become increasingly bloody. However, there's too much of the cheesy jump scares, overbearing "gothic" synthesizer background music, and worn-out trope of bloody noses that signal bad things to come. Seriously: Enough already with the bloody noses as a foreshadowing device.
The kids are quite creepy, and the adults are solid as actors. However, the film's lack of clarity is a problem. They don't really explain what it is the kids see down there and what it's about. They speak in tongues, there's something about marigold flower buds, and after some insect buzzing from the kids, a large insect of some kind appears. They rush an explanation out later, but it doesn't really help that much. It ends up being another so-so "city people go into the countryside for their vacation and face traumatic horror" movie.
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