Parents' Guide to

The Truth Below

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Deadly avalanche unearths sex and disturbing behavior.

TV MTV Drama 2011
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Claustrophobic, black and no redeeming qualities

4 university-aged children are trapped under an avalanche in a car. They share "truth or dare" type stories in order to get to know each other better as they wonder if they are about to die. This movie is claustrophobic at the bare minimum, and while some might think it a "good dose of reality" about people, it shows people regressing to their worst, rather than best, qualities. The characters ignore each other's most basic needs. They insult each other. Spoiler alert! One character lets another die on purpose by denying him is asthma medicine. I found the blackness of this movie was not compensated by lessons about how people can be harmful in stressful situations, but still come out with a grain of humanity. I think kids today can do better than this movie would leave you believing. And it is INTENSELY claustrophobic.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

For a television movie, The Truth Below is surprisingly effective, thanks in large part to disturbing content that keeps you interested … not so much in the sometimes-sickening scenarios that play out, but rather in how much worse they'll actually get. But parents should consider themselves warned: The same content that might morbidly fascinate an adult could also give impressionable teens some seriously warped ideas when it comes to sex and human behavior.

While we don't want to give too much away, we do feel the need to mention that one of the characters' secrets involves him masturbating with a pair of his sister's underwear and, in turn, imagining having sex with her. His confession rightly disturbs his friends, but that's only the beginning of their increasingly deadly game and the "truths" that rise to the surface.

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