Iffy for 15+
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Consumerism: iPhone, Jeep Cherokee
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Underage drinking in a couple of scenes.
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Carrie Not So Scary by MedRed
This reboot of Carrie is a modern take on the original novel with a lot of material from the first movie thrown in.
The main actors do a decent job, but some of the supporting cast were a little painful to watch.
Carrie is mostly faithful to the book throughout most of the movie. For the climax through the conclusion, It decides to follow in the footsteps of the previous movie as opposed to staying true to the novel. That's a shame as the original story hasn't been faithfully told as of yet. Not presenting the anti bullying message found in Stephen King's Carrie is a very relevant missed opportunity.
With modern technology, Carrie could easily have reproduced the grander scale climax of the novel instead of the watered down version presented in this movie.
If you want to see a "horror" movie this Halloween, Carrie is the only fresh face this year.
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Carrie was weak by rgharris0313
Although the special effects were cool - the originally is definitely better. It was actually kind of boring. I think producers should've capitalized on the book version and really blow the movie out of the box; however they choose to do a modern watered down version of the original. I was so disappointed I went home and watch the original. With that said, stop re-making classic horrors unless it can be improved ...... just stop!
Was expecting more by seanraysf1
I had been waiting for this remake for a while - I loved the book, and the first movie. And what the original movie lacked in sticking to the book, this new version also strays from that AND does not have the quirky, eccentric performances of Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek. I had a hard time believing that the character of Carrie had been put upon her whole life. It seemed like the tormentors just decided to kind of get her one day. I didn't get that same menacing hatred that Chris is supposed to have for Carrie. I did like the destruction scene, because like the book, Carrie DECIDES to get back at these people rather than have it overtake her. But aside from that, I never got the creepy mother-daughter relationship that needs to be there. Julianne Moore was so subdued in trying to be different than Piper Laurie that it felt anemic. And Chloe Grace Moretz is just too damn pretty to be Carrie. I thought her acting would overcome the physical differences from the character - but it didn't
Go, but save it for a matinee by carlylepeach
The '70s version with Sissy Spacek is definitely better, but this was a good "popcorn movie." Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz were great in their roles. This was a nice peek at Ansel Elgort too, because he's going to be in The Fault in our Stars next year, which I'm excited to see.
I'd say see this movie but save it for a matinee or DVD.
The Original May Cloud Your Judgement... by Geek Soul Brother
.. But this wasn't a bad film. For what's essentially a teen horror, CARRIE is better than most others. Moretz as the Telekenetic girl, and Moore as the religious zealot mother, delivered very good performances. But in staying true to the story, I think their range may have been boxed in. Director Kimberly Peirce shaped a well told story, but it lacked somewhat in the climactic prom scene. That may also have been the writing, or something from the Stephen King novel (didn't read). I felt they played it a little safe. It's almost impossible to talk about this remake without comparing it to the 1976 original. The combo of Brian De Palma's visuals, the split screen shots of carnage, and the score were hard to live up to. For audiences that have never seen the first one, this will probably be enjoyable. But for others like me, I would have loved to see Carrie go off in a Psyonic Jean Grey rampage!! Geek Soul Brother gives it 3.75 COSMIC AFROS. Check out more on geeksoulbrother.com
Mild Version by Jay6
The movie scenes were updated by the use of good special effects. The acting was fair. The movie started off somewhat slow, but ended up very creepy like the original version. I enjoyed the movie.
Good movie by violagirl37
I saw this movie on opening night. It was not nearly as crowded as I expected it to be. Overall I enjoyed the acting and scenes in the movie. To me, it seems like a much darker version of the movie 'Matilda' in the fact that she has disfunctional parents and has these powers that she uses, however, Matilda uses them for good, whereas Carrie uses them for bad in the end. Overall a very good movie.
Great by bg270039
Followed along pretty well, with the original. They did not have YouTube back then. I think it as nicely done. They really dida great job, making Julianne Moore, look UGLY! Because she is a beautiful lady. ll
Re-watch the Original!! by westcoast_artist
I was patiently waiting through the whole build up of this movie for an awesome ending, and left the theatre with my girlfriend both extremely disappointed. We both like horror films and this was not scary....heck, it wasn't even that graphic compared to the original....
Pretty good remake, worth seeing by raydmak
Definitely a new take on this classic Stephen King story. Although I could not help but compare it to the original...the film does justice to updating this story of bullying to the modern day. Julianne Moore does an excellent job of portraying Carrie's very disturbing mother. Ms. Moretz also makes a very believable Carrie. I highly recommend this if you're a fan of the original movie, but don't judge...enjoy it for what it is...a new interpretation!