Parents' Guide to

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Grindhouse-style exploration of aging, sex, and gore.

Movie R 2022 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

Rated 18 (strong bloody violence, sex).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are several scenes of strong bloody violence, sometimes featuring gory injury detail. These include a man being stabbed in the neck multiple times, a man being stabbed through the eye, a man being shot in the chest, a woman having her fingers battered with the butt of a shotgun, a woman being shot in the face with gory aftermath detail, and a woman having her head crushed by a vehicle causing a big spurt of blood and gore. Some of these sequences are quite sustained, and linger on injury detail. There are also multiple prolonged sex scenes, featuring heavy thrusting and sexual moaning, explicit sexual dialogue and references, as well as graphic breast and buttock nudity. One moment also shows a woman wiping some semen from her hip. These sexual scenes primarily take place in the context of the characters filming a pornographic film, although no actual penetration is shown and the sex is only simulated. | OTHER ISSUES - There is strong threat and suspense throughout, including a sustained sequence of sexualized threat where a woman is inappropriately touched and caressed by another woman whilst sleeping. There are also some scenes of drug use where a woman snorts cocaine. Multiple uses of strong language ("f*ck"), as well as milder terms ("c*ck", "b*tch", "wh*re", "p*ssy", "d*ck", "sh*t", etc). | Rated "18" - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains content recommended for viewing by adults only.

age 16+

16+

My almost 14 Y/O wanted to watch this, so I watched it first. The movie has a lot of violence,sex,swearing, and some drug usage. The whole movie is based on a group of young adults who go to a farmhouse to shoot porn. The house owners, who are jealous of their youth, kill them off. Some specific examples would be the films main character is shown snorting cocaine on a few occasions, one of the characters is killed via pitchfork to the eyes which you are given a profile view of, and there are multiple uses of the word “fuck”, as well as uses of others like “pussy”, “shit”, “whore” “dick”, etc. All in all it was nothing out of the ordinary for recent horror movies. It was an obvious no for my 13 year old. However, I think the 18+ reviews are pushing it with how todays media is. I would say it would be suitable for teens 16+, as long as they are mature, which varies child to child.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
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More than just a stylish grindhouse throwback, this gorefest explores sex and violence in fresh ways. It takes into account the oft-ignored subject of aging bodies and balances things with moments of wry humor. It's no surprise that the confident direction is the work of Ti West, whose The House of the Devil, which has a similar throwback style, has already become a horror classic and whose other genre works deserve the same fate. The look and feel of X comes from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre textbook, and West understands it inside and out -- not only its shock and gore, but also its sense of place and unexpected comic touches. But he uses it to create his own thing, rather than a slavish copy.

For example, in many traditional horror movies, sex is equated with death -- but in X, sex is treated as natural and freeing. Even though the actors are creating "smut," they seem in control of their bodies ... that is, until the attacks start coming. Those are fueled partly by faith-based righteousness and partly by jealousy of youth and beauty. It's a deadly combination, and certainly West could have gone deeper with it, but instead he focuses on sheer sensation. Some shots, like the click of a basement light switch, a casual swim in a pond (accompanied by a hungry gator), and a protruding nail, create giddy squeals that are practically old-fashioned. The combination of shock, titillation, and laughs may seem a bit messy, but that may be precisely what X is really all about.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 18, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming: April 14, 2022
  • Cast: Mia Goth , Jenna Ortega , Brittany Snow
  • Director: Ti West
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 105 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong bloody violence and gore, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use, and language
  • Last updated: September 24, 2023

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