What We Do in the Shadows

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Quirky vampire mockumentary has lots of blood.

R 2015 86 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Flight of the concords humour with vampires

I love mocumentaries and this was no different. The dry, kiwi-style humour is like FOTC or anything else by Taika Waititi. Watched with my 9 and 11 yo daughters They loved it, the 9yo especially, and there was nothing in there that made me regret her seeing it so my rating sits at a 9-and-up. Would watch again. Momentary parental scares (spoilers): - When meeting the vampires for the first time, there's about a 1 second snippet showing Vladislav in his room in bed with maybe three or four women. Next second the room is changed and he's at the door in a dressing gown - Peter the old vampire has a scary look, Nosferatu-style. - There are maybe three or four killings of victims done in a slapstick style with blood spurting out of necks like a fire-hose. One similar scene where Nick the vampire vomits a firehose of blood. Done in a funny ott way. We were in hysterics. Your family may vary. - There is a jump scare where nick makes a face at a cashier. Maybe check this out on youtube and watch it with your kids first to prep if these sorts of sudden-scary-face moments affect them. - There's a grainy scene where werewolves attack, a cameraman is dragged away, and it's implied that a much-loved character gets mauled. It all works out in the end, you might want to mention that to the kids at the time. - When he's feeling low, Vladislav retreats to his torture room. No torture shown or specified, but loosly implied. A scene has a naked man in chains chained up in there. - Has elements of the old-boys-club and gender ineq that you might want to talk through or prep for esp w daughters. Jackie is a woman familiar (vampire servant) who says a swear-laden piece about how she's cleaning up after male vampires. 9yo's most ick scene: the one where Nick vomits a fire-hose of blood. I reckon search that one and other WWDiTS blood-spurt scenes up on youtube as a measure of whether this too old for your kids. My Fav scene: anything with the werewolves. Look up "Werewolves not swearwolves" Overall, we all loved this film. Dry, but just very funny.
age 13+

Very funny but bloody

Violence 7/10. Lots of blood from bite victims, through its very unrealistic and over-the-top. Some gore but none of it is very realistic and its all usually played for laughs. Sex 3/10. A man opens a door to find what looks like an orgy, though nothing is shown and he immediately closes the door back. Some sexual references. Language 7/10. Fairly strong language throughout.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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