Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Terrifying and violent horror movie. Rats -- EWW.

PG-13 2003 100 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 14+

Outstanding! A rare find!

Willard is one of those hidden gems not very many people know about. It's a well-made super scary and eerie horror film about a lonely and kind man named Willard (Crispin Glover) who works for his deceased father's company managed by mean boss Mr. Martin (R. Lee Ermey) who humiliates Willard on a daily basis in front of the staff. Willard has no friends, but a nice woman at work has eyes for him. He lives with his ill mother in a huge mansion. When Willard's mother asks him to kill the rats in the basement, Willard proceeds, until he catches a small white rat and releases him from the trap. They become instant friends, Willard's only friend named Socrates. Soon after, he realizes that he has a psychic connection with the rats and begins to secretly train them to do what he demands, except for a giant rat named Ben who Willard doesn't like. This gives Willard full control which is something he's never had before, he uses the rats to fulfill his anger and anxiety towards the people he dislikes. It gets out of hand and he quickly loses the rats respect and his dirty secret finally unfolds. Language is strong for a PG-13 throughout including f-words and several name calling. Violence is fairly strong and gory including a rat getting slaughtered with a broomstick with lots of blood, rats vandalize a mans garage and chew up his car tires, rats violently attack and kill a man with blood shown, a small dog is thrown into a bag of rats and they attack it but don't kill it, a cat is terrorized by a group of rats who eventually kill the cat, rats kill an old woman off-screen but you see her remains later, an angry man continuously humiliates his employee calling him names and bringing him down, lots of loud outbursts and arguments by characters. Willard's ill mother is creepy looking and sounding. Sexual content is very mild with some light flirting between a caring woman and Willard, a man looks through adult ads online but you only see a couple pictures of clothed women, nothing explicit. No drinking, drugs or smoking. This movie is a lot of fun for horror fans! Not recommended to those sensitive to animal deaths (one scene in particular was very sad!) Okay for 14+ viewers.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
not rated for age

Not as violent as it looks.

This movie from the trailer seems like their would be a lot of deaths and bloody scenes in the film. But there was only 1. It's about a man and his favorite rat, socretes. Socretes gets killed by Willard's boss and he wants revenge. So he trains Socretes' family to tear. Tear, tear, tear.

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