Pause for kids 13 & under
More scares than gore, but still too much for young kids.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a review of the movie seen in theaters and not the unrated version available on DVD. Many of the scares, jumps, and jolts in this horror/action movie from Spider-Man director Sam Raimi are played for comic effect. Still, it's quite bloody, and along with the scary moments and gore, there's extensive discussion of curses, spells, ghosts, and spirits. Surprisingly, the film also has an ethical core, as the main character makes several tough decisions and tries to do the right thing despite implacable odds -- though she occasionally fails.
Families can talk about the choices Christine faces. What could her character have done differently? What would the cost of those decisions be?
Families can also discuss the tradition of horror films as cautionarytales; do the scares and startling moments make the message go downmore easily?