Vampire Academy

 
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Blood and sexy stuff in teen-targeted supernatural spoof.
  • Review Date: February 8, 2014
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

It's hard to detect through the mishmash just what the movie is getting at, but one of the characters gives an impassioned speech at the end about sticking together and not bullying one another.

Positive role models

Even though the movie is hard to take seriously, the main character is a Buffy the Vampire Slayer-type, a skilled fighter, brave and dedicated to protecting her friend.

Violence

The movie features lots of martial arts fighting against monsters, where the monsters are often stabbed with silver stakes. It isn't extra-gory, but it does feature a generous amount of blood. Two "warnings" are written in blood. Several scenes of vampires sucking blood are shown. Humans are shown volunteering to be "vampire food." A nasty-looking car crash is shown. The bloody corpses of a fox and a cat are shown (though not real). A character is briefly tortured (using magic), and is shown with various (temporary) cuts on her arms.

Sex

The teens in this movie kiss in several scenes, and sex is definitely thought of and discussed frequently. The main character's cleavage is prominent in several scenes. In one scene, a love spell causes her and an older man to kiss, undress down to their underwear, and fall onto a bed together. The man then breaks the spell. The main character is shown in a bra and panties, and the man in underwear.

Language

The movie avoids very strong language, but does have its share of milder words, like "ass," "boobies," "bitch," "dick," "jerk," "hell," and "whore." In one scene, a character utters, "mother..." but stops before she gets to the second half of the word.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Vampire Academy is an action/comedy based on the bestselling young adult novels by Richelle Mead. It contains plenty of Buffy the Vampire Slayer-style martial arts fighting and monsters, plus a generous amount of blood, even if it's not overly gory. Some dead animals are shown (but obviously not harmed in real life). The teenage characters are shown kissing in more than a few scenes, and sex is a topic for discussion fairly frequently. In one scene, two characters are under a spell and begin kissing and falling into bed together; the female hero is shown in her bra and panties and the man is shown in underpants. There's also quite a few cleavage shots of the female lead. Language is mild, but still contains "ass," "bitch," "whore," and "d--k."

What's the story?

Rose (Zoey Deutch) is a Dhampir, a half-vampire whose job is to serve as a guardian for the pureblood vampires, known as the Moroi. Rose is bonded to princess Lissa (Lucy Fry). For mysterious reasons, they have run away from their school, nicknamed the VAMPIRE ACADEMY, but are found and forced to return. There they face a series of strange occurrences, such as warnings written in blood and dead animals left as omens. This could be the work of a race of evil vampires, the Strigoi, or it could be something even more sinister. Meanwhile, both Rose and Lissa must deal with ordinary high school stuff, like crushes, bullies, and the big upcoming dance.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Waters brothers, screenwriter Daniel (Heathers) and director Mark (Mean Girls), are no strangers to this kind of material. And even though Vampire Academy is very clearly meant to capitalize on franchises like Twilight and Harry Potter, the brothers are more interested in creating something snappy and irreverent. It's not a bad spoof, like Vampires Suck, but rather its own welcome entity. Certainly the spunky Zoey Deutch helps, with her boundless energy and funny line readings.

Unfortunately what the brothers actually deliver is not a good movie. To start, it looks bad, like waxy video with bad computer-generated effects stamped on top. The writing is filled with exposition and explanations, trying to get all the information of this vampire world across in the most direct and graceless way possible. This writing often leads to bad acting, even by such veterans as Gabriel Byrne. However, with its particularly unique attitude, it has a chance to become a classic "good-bad" movie.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. How does seeing blood affect the intensity of the violence? What's your reaction to seeing violence onscreen?

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  • How much does this fictional high school have in common with your own high school?

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  • How does the movie compare to the books? What is the appeal of these kinds of supernatural/young adult stories?

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 7, 2014
DVD release date:May 20, 2014
Cast:Danila Kozlovsky, Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch
Director:Mark Waters
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Book characters, High school, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence, bloody images, sexual content and language

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Parent of a 10 and 13 year old Written bymarierm February 8, 2014
 

Tedious vampire high school movie for teens

My daughter reads these books and so she's excited about seeing the films. But halfway through this film I really wanted to walk out. Tedious dialog and plot can only be liked by young teens. I was surprised by the amount of sexual innuendo, but much of the the phrasing was done in a way to go over the heads of more naive teens. However there is one scene that went beyond what I expected in a movie for this age group. No nudity, but it made me a little uncomfortable for my 13 year old daughter to be watching. The vampire blood scenes is gross, but one bloody scene is just campy. Cheesy fight scenes and a pretty graphic car crash aftermath. There were a few clever lines of dialog, but mostly I felt like I was watching a made for teens TV movie.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byBooknerd430 February 18, 2014
 

Amazing tale of frendship

This was a great movie. I loved the bond between Rose and Lissa. This may seem like just another teen vampire movie, but their really is a good message there. This truly is a story of friendship. Rose and Lissa will stick together through everything from the mean girl at school to killing evil vampires. Rose is one of the few female dhampirs at her school, but doesn't let that get to her. She is just as good, even better, than most of the boys.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Educator and Parent Written byMovie Review Maven June 1, 2014
 

Teens experiencing Twilight withdrawals might like it

Movie Title: Vampire Academy PG-13, 1 hour 45 minutes Grade: C- In a Nutshell: Juno meets Harry Potter meets Twilight meets Mean Girls meets terrible movie. It could have been fun if it were designed to be a spoof. Alas, brothers Daniel and Mark Waters have created crass characters with lots of hormones and little class. It could be considered a guilty pleasure if you’re a teenager girl who has read the book and can’t get enough of vampire flicks. Uplifting theme: In the words of (NO spoiler alert): “Blood is what connects us all. Blood is sustenance. Blood is family. Blood is pain and blood is death.” Things I liked: Ummm… Things I didn’t like: Snarky dialogue that tried too hard to be cool. Monologuing villains The ending leaves an opening for a sequel. Please, no! Funny lines: “Stopping is for losers.” - Rose “A female, especially one who lives off of blood and magic, is going to have her mood swings.” - Rose “They say Dimitri is a God. Well, I’m an Atheist…an atheist with a big gun.” = Spiridion “Please don’t say Vampire Academy. You know how I feel about the V word.” – Lissa Dragomire “Weird doesn’t begin to cover it.” – Rose “Stop staring at each other all gooey-like.” - Rose “There’s a fine line between concerned and stalker.” - Rose Tips for parents: Lots of sassy words on the verge of profanity, inappropriate topics for young kids, pre-marital relations, talk of losing virginity, blood, violence. Maybe the books are better?
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Too much sex

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