You're Next

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bloody home invasion movie is more hype than content.
  • R
  • 2013
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 16 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters are shown drinking casually (i.e. at dinner). A character takes some Vicodin.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam M. March 21, 2016

Entertaining, well made, mildy surprising.

The lead girl is a badass and we root for her throughout. Movie stops being scary halfway tbrough and becomes a survival/ assassination thriller that knows how... Continue reading
Adult Written byjkauto March 11, 2015


You're Next is what the horror genre needed. With production companies manufacturing constant variations of successful films like "The Conjuring"... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byEthan_whaterver March 1, 2021

Twisted Home Invasion is Epic and Extremely Violent

I think that the overall thought of this movie was really thought out to a point that they knew the film was going to be successful. The movie deservers the hig... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byram234533ds January 24, 2021

You’re next review

This movie is decent. I like how it is a home invasion, but it feels to much like a basic slasher with not a great story. To me the movie feels sorta dull. I... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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