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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
May drive home the fact that anonymous posting online can be just as hurtful and damaging as physical bullying.
Positive Role Models
Most of the teen characters have experimented with violence, drugs, alcohol, sex, and cyberbullying.
Violence & Scariness
Moments of extreme gore; blood spatters. Teen suicide, via gunshot to the head, shown on a video. Dead teens. A hand in a blender. A hot curling iron shoved in a girl's mouth. A second gunshot to the head. Impaling on a huge knife. A video of a drunk teen girl who has defecated on herself.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens frequently talk about sex. Many have had sex or have experimented with each other. A near-striptease shown on a webcam. A sexy ad for "Free Live Cams." A shirtless male. Innuendo and flirting.
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Extremely strong, constant language, both spoken and written: "F--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "c--t," "p---y," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "piss," "goddamn," "boobs."
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Products & Purchases
Current digital brands are constantly shown and used on the computer screen: Google Chrome browser, Skype, Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Instagram, etc. Snapchat is mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens smoke pot, drink, and get drunk. References to and photos of teens having been drunk or high on previous occasions. Reference to "roofies."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unfriended is a horror movie that appears to take place almost entirely via computer screen, using Skype webcam chats, Facebook messages, text messages, YouTube videos, Spotify music, etc. (the products'/services' real brand names are constantly shown and used). All of the main characters are teens; some of them drink or smoke pot on camera, and there are references to past substance use. Language is extremely strong, with many uses of "f--k" and much more. There's also plenty of sexual innuendo, references to sex acts, and flirting -- as well as a near-striptease (shown via webcam), though there's no actual nudity. Teens die in gory ways, with blood splatters and other shocking images (hand in a blender, impalement, hot curling iron shoved in someone's mouth, etc.), and teen suicide is shown (via a gunshot to the head) and discussed. Amid all of the scares and edgy content, the movie does raise relevant issues related to cyberbullying. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At its core, UNFRIENDED is just another variation on the old Friday the 13th theme, with misbehaving teens paying the ultimate price at the hands of a supernatural killer. But the catch here is that virtually the entire movie takes place on a single computer screen, via shifting windows, YouTube videos, Spotify music, Facebook photos, text messages, web browsers, and characters appearing and disappearing through Skype chats. (Open Windows tried something similar but was far less successful.)
Filmmakers often describe how low budgets and limited resources spur creativity, and that's certainly the case here; without a visible cut, director Levan Gabriadze builds rhythms with the sounds of frantic clicking and the desperate clacking of keyboards. The screen is always in motion, with downward-ticking timers adding to the suspense. Strangely enough, it works, and it can be quite gripping and chilling. Unfriended doesn't feel like a groundbreaker, but it's a successful one-off experiment.
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