Parents' Guide to

Tragedy Girls

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Savvy but gory satire on slasher flicks and social media.

Movie R 2017 98 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Bizarre, Gory Satire on Social Media & Popularity

Tragedy Girls tells a compelling story of how people can go unstable only to get Popularity on social media. It's gory & has language.
age 13+

It wasn't as inappropriate as I thought it was going to be.

The movie had used the f and b word a multitude of time throughout the film. The sexual references weren't as pronounced as I presumed their was only one I can remember and thats when a teacher flirts with a student and is later seen leaving the students house. Overall the movie was ok for my 12 year old son and 14 year old daughter.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Though it owes a great deal to other social media-obsessed movies, this dark comedy still has enough fresh venom and crazy cleverness to make it a fresh satirical entertainment. With Tragedy Girls, director/co-writer Tyler MacIntyre has enough courage to focus on characters who aren't perfectly likable or admirable (it's reminiscent of Heathers in that way), using their friendship -- and their struggles to maintain that friendship -- as an anchor. It's not so much that we're rooting for the girls to become internet famous, but we'd like them to stay by each other's side. (When the so-called "good" character interferes, it feels more like a betrayal than a moment of heroism.)

Amazingly, the movie is bright and slick, without relying on gobs of social media imagery; it stays rooted in the present and in the characters. The supporting cast is uniformly strong, from Durand as the sneering, cackling killer to Craig Robinson as an iron-pumping firefighter and Nicky Whelan as a duplicitous teacher. Especially funny is Josh Hutcherson, viciously satirizing his teen heartthrob image with the help of some well-placed music cues. But it's Shipp and Hildebrand's show (they're both part of the X-Men movie universe), and they know how to run it.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 20, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: February 2, 2018
  • Cast: Alexandra Shipp , Brianna Hildebrand , Jack Quaid
  • Director: Tyler MacIntyre
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors, Multiracial actors, Gay actors
  • Studio: Gunpowder & Sky
  • Genre: Horror
  • Topics: High School
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong bloody horror violence, and language including some sexual references
  • Last updated: April 2, 2023

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