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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive MessagesThe 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 ModelsErin 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 & ScarinessMany 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.
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Sex, Romance & NudityA 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."
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Language isn't constant but does include many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "damn," "oh my God," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & SmokingAdult characters are shown drinking casually (i.e. at dinner). A character takes some Vicodin.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Storytelling clearly isn't Wingard's primary focus; it's possible 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.
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.
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