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Final Destination Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Proudly stupid, silly and gory.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Will no doubt be a hit and inspire the obligatory sequels.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Teens fear the reaper in this so-so thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Final Destination has intense scenes of violence and gore peppered throughout. The death of the victims in these scenes is not caused by another person, but instead by circumstance and "chance" instigated by the shadowy figure of Death, who is sometimes seen as a blur in the background. There is very little sexual content aside from a make-out scene and a glimpse of a naked women in a magazine. Profanity is limited to our introduction to the high school students at the beginning of the film.

  • Families can talk about death and/or the concept of destiny. Are our lives pre-determined, or do we have free will? To what degree are we able to control what happens in our lives?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The main character tries to do good by attempting to save the lives of those he thinks are going to die. He is also willing to give his own life to save another.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: As a plane explodes we see the terrifying effect on the passengers inside (e.g. people burning, lots of blood), a teenager accidentally hangs himself, a boy's head is cut in half by a flying piece of metal, a woman's throat is slashed and she is stabbed by knives that fall off a kitchen counter. There are other violent scenes where Death tries to take people's lives but fails.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief shot of a couple making out. A main character picks up a Penthouse magazine and we briefly see an interior photo of a naked woman.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language at the very beginning of the film (teenagers using foul language).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue