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Tremors Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 12+

Modest monster flick is great fun for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, for the standards of science-fiction action, this is a rousing, well-made monster flick that's high on fun and excitement but low on terror and gore; there's some salty language, yes, and the monsters are dispatched in fairly spectacular, splattery fashion, but there's not a lot of blood, and the human victims of the creatures are dispatched in bloodless fashion. There's a lot of firearms action in the film - courtesy two "survivalist" characters -- but it's all unleashed against huge, scary worm-monsters who clearly have it coming.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of monster films, as well as the tradition of the B-movie -- low-budget, low-starpower films that nonetheless become cult classics. They can also talk about the communitarian message of Tremors, and how the town of Perfection comes together to survive.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Perhaps the best thing here is the depiction of how a group of disparate individuals comes together to survive an attack by carnivorous underground monsters; the attack also lets our heroes show that they're reliable, responsible people who can come through in a tough spot.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Bloodless (for the most part) violence is perpetrated against human beings by monsters; gory violence is perpetrated against monsters by human beings. Bombs, bullets, and blunt force are used against creatures; human beings are bitten by tentacles, tugged underground, mangled, etc. A dehydrated dead body is seen. Very mild blood.

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    Sex: Light flirting; a climactic kiss.

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    Language: Mild strong language, including "hell," "goddammit," "Jesus Christ," "pisses," "s--t," "bastard," "ass," "a--holes," and one non-sexual use of "f--k."  

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    Consumerism: Some brands are seen -- Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Caterpillar heavy equipment. Firearms are named by brand.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer.

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