What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Moth Diaries is a horror movie set at a girls' boarding school. Some of the events contain vampire-like elements, but the movie's main theme seems to be about suicide. It's clearly intended to follow in the footsteps of the popular Twilight movies and their mix of horror and teen angst, but there's much more gore -- and sex -- here. Viewers see several dead bodies -- including suicide victims -- and lots of blood. Sex scenes include partial nudity and two women in bed together; there's also strong innuendo and sex talk throughout. Language is quite infrequent but includes one "f--k," and there are scenes of teens smoking pot, with consequences.
- Families can talk about how the movie presents suicide. Is it realistic? Does it romanticize it at all? What makes some people think that it's their only option? What impact does their decision have on their friends and family? Where can kids in despair turn for assistance?
- In the story, one of the teen girls has sex with a boy for the first time. How is it presented? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- Is this movie scary? What are the scariest parts, and why do they or don't they work?