Parents' Guide to

Wuthering High School

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Destructive teen romance marks cumbersome Brontë revamp.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Z grade rubbish

Terrible adaptation of wuthering heights,started off promisingly but with some very poor acting from the female lead and not much better from the support cast it quickly dives into a downward spiral of telemovie nonsense. Loads of forlorn looks and perfectly coiffed leads to keep younger teens interested but ultimately it's a pretty bad film which plays out like a high budget episode of dawson's creek without the creative dialogue or chemistry Not sure what James Caan was thinking when he accepted this role but he was the only shining light in an absolute dog of a film.
age 15+

I recommend this movie for children/teens 15 years+ Great movie, strong story line and it brings out the best of your emotions. The ending was not your typical 'boy gets girl', and that is what makes the movie a brilliant watch. The movie holds your attention all throughout. It is probably the best movie I have seen in a long time. The cast of the movie are not your everyday Grammy award winners, but that definitely adds to the movie. I, myself tend to love a movie with the average stereotyped characters that are the rich and popular. This movie covered that and added the thriller edge to it. A romanced filled movie that can leave you speechless. If your not into romance this movie will not be for you, but still worth the watch.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (2 ):
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WUTHERING HIGH SCHOOL is a cumbersome modern interpretation of Emily Brontë's classic love tragedy. It tries so hard to incorporate plot points from the 1840s book that the story practically stumbles over them. This version casts Heath as Latino, tattooed, and running with the wrong crowd; he's taken in by wealthy Mr. Earnshaw after his mother (an Earnshaw employee) is deported for immigration violations. His romance with Cathy is no less intense for its modern setting, but even its progression feels forced by the movie's attempt to condense ebbs and flows that develop over months in Brontë's story into mere days. Rather than creating complex, tragic characters, this hurried pace gives the tale a jarring feel and impedes viewers' sympathies for Cathy and Heath's doomed love story.

Wuthering High School also suffers from a somewhat uncertain target viewer pool. The modern setting and young characters suggest it's geared toward teens, but the destructive relationship at its heart make it an iffy choice for this group. Little of Cathy and Heath's negative behavior lands them in hot water, and there's never a point at which they seem to learn from their mistakes. Even tragedy and violence are romanticized in the context of love, and impressionable teens might mistake the destructive central relationship for an enviable one. If yours do watch, be sure you discuss the pitfalls of this kind of relationship and the qualities of healthier ones.

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