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Psycho Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Horror masterpiece definitely isn't for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is one of the scariest movies ever made, even though it's far less explicit than a lot of what's in theaters now. Still, this is a frightening movie, and judgment should be used about which children will enjoy it and which will find it disturbing. The famous shower scene never shows the knife touching flesh, but it's still terrifying. There are also several very frightening scenes involving a corpse. On a less scary note, a character steals money from her boss' client, and a couple is shown post-sex, though they are clothed. That said, this is a classic of filmmaking, one of the most influential and respected films ever made. It's terrifying and brilliant, and families with older children can enjoy the scares together.

  • Families can talk about Hitchcock's style and techniques, and the way he uses the camera and lighting to tell the story. It's fun to go back over the film and look for clues to the ending, too.

The good stuff
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    Messages: One character has some major mother issues, and the other ones aren't innocent, either.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The famous shower scene never shows the knife touching flesh, but it's still terrifying. There are also several very frightening scenes involving a corpse.

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    Sex: Sex goes hand in hand with violence, although nothing revealing is shown. A couple is shown post-sex, though they are clothed.

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

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wrong movie playing by ccarpentet520
it wasn't Hitchcock, it was an anime witch had nothing to do with being there. refund please.

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by gjlev

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