You're Next

  • Review Date: August 20, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Bloody home invasion movie is more hype than content.
  • Review Date: August 20, 2013
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 96 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
The movie is basically a festival of shock and gore, but it does show that women don't necessarily need to be victims in this kind of movie. They can fight back -- and indeed, be stronger than just about anyone else. Although it ultimately doesn't feel like much of a victory for the heroine, she at least gets to survive.
Positive role models
Erin is an unusually tough female character for this kind of movie. She's resourceful, strong, focused, and brave. On the downside, she doesn't get the opportunity to save many people except herself, and the reason for her battle isn't very noble.
Violence
Many characters die in many gruesome ways, with lots of blood and gore. Characters are killed with arrows, knives, axes, screwdrivers, blenders, and machetes; heads are smashed; necks are sliced with wire; heads are cut off; and there's a shooting.
Sex
A few women are shown topless, and sex is implied between various characters. One character wishes to have sex with a man "on a bed next to his dead mom."
Language

Language isn't constant but does include many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "damn," "oh my God," and more.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Adult characters are shown drinking casually (i.e. at dinner). A character takes some Vicodin.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that You're Next is a much-hyped indie horror movie of the "home invasion" variety, but with a kind of twist. Violence is over the top and bloody, featuring many attacks and killings with various weapons including knives, axes, machetes, wire, and even a blender. There's some female toplessness, and sex is both implied and discussed (once in a rather disgusting, disturbing manner). Language isn't constant but includes more than one use of "f--k." And some social drinking is shown, as well as a character who takes a Vicodin.

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Kids say

What's the story?

After a couple down the road is slain, YOU'RE NEXT moves onto the next house, where Paul (Rob Moran) and Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary, with their grown children -- and significant others -- in attendance. Writer Crispian (AJ Bowen) comes with his Australian girlfriend, Erin (Sharni Vinson). Two more brothers and a sister, plus partners, also arrive, making the party 10 in total. The family sits down to dinner, starts arguing, and finds their arguing interrupted by intruders in animal masks. They start killing the family members one by one -- but then one woman starts fighting back, throwing a serious monkey wrench in their plans. Much bloody carnage later, who will be left standing?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
The reason that You're Next has generated such buzz in horror circles is that director Adam Wingard is clearly a fan, which isn't always the case in a genre that often inspires lazy, disdainful copies. Many of the cast members are either genre filmmakers (Larry Fessenden, Joe Swanberg, Ti West), or horror icons (Crampton, from Re-Animator). But outside of this assembling of like minds, not many actual ideas are generated, except for the concept of the female warrior; often, women are victimized in "home invasion" movies like this one.
 
Storytelling clearly isn't Wingard's primary focus. It's possible that the movie was meant to be funny, but he's a chronic camera-shaker, and the movie's amateurish look makes it hard to tell. Also, the story's red herrings stick out just a bit too far, calling attention to themselves. Ultimately, many of You're Next's ideas just don't make sense. The one high point is Vinson, who nearly makes up for it all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Your Next's gory violence. How much is shown? How over the top is it? Is it effective? Could the movie have gotten away with less?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes a good horror movie? What's the appeal of the horror genre in general? Why are these filmmakers such fans?
  • Is the main character a role model? What are her strong points? Weak points? Is she someone you'd want to emulate?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 23, 2013
DVD release date:January 14, 2014
Cast:AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Sharni Vinson, Wendy Glenn
Director:Adam Wingard
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Horror
Run time:96 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong bloody violence, language and some sexuality/nudity

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Teen, 16 years old Written bypersuadedbread August 23, 2013
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16
QUALITY
 

extremely vilent movie is super entertaining

this is a violent movie. creative kills are one of the many things that keep this entertaining. my favorite being the one where the huge guy( hes such a boss) holds a girl down and uses her head as a golf ball for his axe.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byjoshua martinez August 23, 2013
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17
QUALITY
 

17 and up.

this horror movie you're next is one of those horror movies that pushes the limit for it's gory franchise it's in average horror movie that's best for your older adults and parents beware that this horror movie you're next violence is over the top bloody gory and violent many characters die in many gruesome ways, with lots of blood and gore. Characters are killed with arrows, knives, axes, screwdrivers, blenders, and machetes; heads are smashed; necks are sliced with wire; heads are cut off; and there's shooting there is one implied sex scene in the beginning of the movie but no nudity shown characters used strong language and there is social drinking shown and a character takes some Vicodin.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byB-KMastah August 25, 2013
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15
QUALITY
 

Why are the reviews positive? Honestly!

Um, was I missing something here? This is so laden with tropes for the first half and then tries to be original, causing it to just progressively become more and more contrived. And I love horror and thriller films. Literally, the first scene is a couple having sex and that's the unintentional foreshadowing for the characters' dumb behavior (but I will admit that it's sometimes justified). It has probably one scare that works, and the others don't really have tension so not even the loud BANG! noise startled me. It tries to be darkly comical but those moments fall on their face; it could have been a bit better if it were serious. I actually predicted a few things: one was because the synopsis ruins the main gimmick, and another was because I was thinking of Scream while watching it and that unintentionally revealed a twist that was formally revealed in the last ten minutes. Its production values for its budget are nice but that's the best part of it. I really didn't even find the kills to be creative since Nancy made these stupid contraptions to harm her antagonist in A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 and Kevin did the same in Home Alone in 1990. Oh well. This film didn't make me angry, it's just that it wasn't well-written. Also, the good only actor was the main girl. This is why you don't cast your friends to be in a movie. 4.9/10, bad, two thumbs down, below average, etc.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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