A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Tense and creepy throughout, some scary surprises and violence.
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Brief strong language.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is a thriller with an overall theme that may be disturbing to some family members. There are brief grisly images and references to violence and some scary (but well within PG-13-range) surprises. A character attempts suicide and others are killed, including one who is shot. There is brief strong language and brief drinking. The movie contains a reference to "an earthquake in India" that may be upsetting due to current events. And according to this movie, only white, middle class people communicate with each other after death. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The plot of White Noise is not the point -- it's all about the thrill ride, but unfortunately it's just not that thrilling. Every would-be surprise is telegraphed in advance with the most venerable and uninspired of movie cliches, everything that has been done to, um, death over and over and over and then successfully parodied and ridiculed to death in movies from Scream to Scary Movie.
The camera closes in tight on someone, so we know something is happening just outside the frame. The music builds and we know something bad is about to happen. Someone promises not to leave and then he does and...something bad happens. And of course the secret hideout is all drippy exposed beams and sputtering lights. Yawn. This isn't an especially bad movie. It just isn't an especially good one. Jonathan's wife is supposed to be a writer whose latest book is called The Eternal Wait. As I checked my watch to see how much longer the movie was going to go on, I felt that should have been the title of the movie.
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