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The Craft Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Campy teen witch thriller more violent than fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this teen Wiccan movie with attractive stars is really about violence and revenge. Several of the characters die graphically, are threatened with death, or are the subject of a death plot. One character is almost raped on-screen. The film also depicts one family with alcoholic, abusive parents. Wiccan and occult practices, real and imagined, are on display in a way that may seem cool to teens. Also, even though this looks like a girl-power movie, it's quite the opposite. It makes it look like the girls are to blame for the things they've been through -- the moral that what you do comes back 10-fold seems to indicate that they should just shut up and take whatever happens to them.

  • Families can talk about religion: Some consider Wicca to be a way to worship the Earth. What do you think? How does it compare with other conventional religions?

The good stuff
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    Messages: One character abuses Rochelle because she's black, saying, "I don't like negroids." There's lots of revenge and cruelty on all sides.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A lot of imagined and "real" violence: People are stabbed repeatedly, electrocuted, almost raped, and fall from windows and die. A man gets hit by a truck (his head and body are visible under the tires), and a married couple has a physical fight. Sarah tried to slit her wrists and has scars from it. Bonnie experiences a painful medical procedure involving a large needle. The girls all prick their fingers and put blood in a cup along with wine.

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    Sex: Lots of talk about getting laid and veiled references to STDs. Sarah kisses Chris and later he spreads a rumor about her being bad in bed even though they didn't have sex. Nancy masquerades as Sarah and has sex with Chris. Bonnie sits shirtless covered by a blanket. Only her back is exposed.

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    Language: Some swearing, including "hell," "bitch," "asshole," "s--t," "f--k," and "ass."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: A bus has an ad for Benetton. The girls watch an episode of Bewitched.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: All the teens drink beer and liquor and smoke lots of cigarettes.

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