What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Call is a gripping but very violent thriller about a heroic 911 operator trying to rescue a kidnapped teen girl. The girl is punched, beaten, stripped to her bra, and briefly tortured. Her age isn't specifically mentioned in the movie, but actress Abigail Breslin is 16. There are also scenes in which characters are stabbed with a screwdriver and lit on fire. Other aspects of the movie are fairly mild, including language, with just a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as some mild sexual innuendo involving teens (and one grown-up kiss). Several of the 911 calls heard on the soundtrack describe acts of violence, including drug use. Ultimately, because all of the movie's intense, serial killer-related violence centers around a teen victim, this movie isn't recommended for any but the most mature viewers.
- Families can talk about The Call's intense violence. How did it affect you? Do you think the story could have been told with milder violence?
- Why do you think there are so many movies (and other types of media) about serial killers? Why are we so fascinated by them?
- Do you feel that the teen characters were sexualized in any way? If so, do you feel this was acceptable or unacceptable? Why?
- What's the movie's take on revenge? Do you think it's realistic? Justifiable?