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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    This Carrie comes off like a Lifetime film, adding little new and nothing substantial to improve on DePalma’s classic.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Rather than offering new blood, Carrie is a purely cosmetic revamp.

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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    If De Palma’s version was one part adolescent dream, three parts nightmare, with a sly streak of satire running through it, Peirce’s is a more earnest yet still engrossing take on the story that should connect with contemporary teens. At the very least it might send fledgling horror buffs scurrying to their Netflix queues to watch a vintage masterpiece of the genre.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    The acting's strong; in addition to Moretz and Moore, Judy Greer is a welcome presence in the Betty Buckley role of the sympathetic gym instructor. But something's missing from this well-made venture. What's there is more than respectable, while staying this side of surprising.

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Bloody horror remake focuses heavily on bullying, revenge.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Carrie is the newest adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling 1974 horror novel. Director Kimberly Peirce focuses even more on the bullying angle than her 1976 predecessor Brian De Palma, and the violent sequences are even bloodier: people are impaled, burned, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death; and a mother physically and emotionally abuses her daughter. The humiliation is also just as disturbing: Carrie is ruthlessly ridiculed and even recorded/photographed for being so upset at her first menstruation, and in the film's climax a vicious prank leads to her being covered in pig's blood. Although there's no nudity in the locker room scene, girls do appear in towels or just their bras and panties. There's also a good bit of passionate kissing as well as one sex scene between teens and some underage drinking.

  • Families can talk about how the movie can be considered a cautionary tale to high-school bullying. Is the sort of bullying depicted in the movie realistic, or is it over the top? Does the school handle the bullying incident appropriately?

  • How is coming of age and sexuality portrayed in the movie? Who in the movie has a healthy attitude toward adolescent sexuality? What are Mrs. White's thoughts on sexuality?

  • Does seeing the movie make you interested in reading Stephen King's book? Those who've read the book: Do you consider this version a faithful adaptation? How does it compare to the Brian de Palma version?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The overarching positive message is that even people perceived as misfits are human and deserve to be treated with respect and consideration -- not because the bullied person will snap and set their gym on fire but because it's just the decent thing to do.

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    Role models: This isn't a movie chock full of role models, but at least Ms. Desjardin genuinely cares about Carrie and doesn't want the "mean girls" to bully her. On the other hand, Ms. Desjardin slaps Carrie, punishes her gym class, and threatens them with suspension. Sue and Danny sacrifice their prom night together to give Carrie a special night to remember. Mrs. White is a religious zealot who emotionally and physically abuses her daughter.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Violence includes cruel pranks, murder, and self harm. The movie opens with a bloody unassisted birth after which the mother nearly kills her newborn. Chris is depicted as sadistic; she cuts a pig's throat, pours a bucket of pig's blood on Carrie, and later tries to run over her with a car. Mrs. White self harms by cutting herself and is abusive toward Carrie (she tries to kill her as a newborn and later in the film stabs her). Carrie uses her telekinesis in disturbing ways: she impales people, sets rooms on fire, turns over a car and makes objects hit people. A teenage boy is killed when a bucket falls on his head. There are few close-ups of dead or nearly dead characters. A guy threatens his girlfriend if she gets them arrested.

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    Sex: Two high-school seniors are depicted having sex in the backseat of a car; his bare back and legs are visible, and she wears just a bra. The scene is brief but realistic: thrusting and moaning. There's also a lot of passionate kissing. Another teenager makes out with her boyfriend who in one scene asks her to kiss her female best friend (the best friend seems willing, but the kiss doesn't come to pass). A teenager finds out she's pregnant. Teen girls are in bras and underwear in the locker room scene.

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    Language: Strong language includes "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "douche," "Goddamn," and more. A teacher tells her students they've done something "s--tty" and punishes them for bullying Carrie. Carrie's mother calls her breasts "dirty pillows." The clique of popular girls makes fun of Carrie by throwing tampons at her and chanting "Plug it up!" and "freak" at her.

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    Consumerism: iPhone, Jeep Cherokee

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Underage drinking in a couple of scenes.