Cursed

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1

Content: -3

From the writerdirectorproducer team that delivered the Scream movies comes Cursed. When Ellie (Christina Ricci) and her brother, Jimmy (Jesse Eisenberg), get into a car wreck late one night, they witness a mauling. Attempting to save the victim from the awful beast, the two are bitten themselves. A few days later, they notice some strange changes in their own behavior heightened senses and increased physical strength. And both become more physically attractive to the opposite sex. Even stranger, Ellie and Jimmy notice that a pentagram-like mark has appeared on their hands. Convinced that they are cursed and soon to become werewolves, Jimmy discovers that the only hope of ending their transformation is to kill the werewolf that bit them. Thats right; the cure for the curse is the hair of the dog that bit them. And so, Jimmy seeks help from Ellies boyfriend, Jake (Joshua Jackson), in hunting down and destroying the evil, bloodthirsty beast.

Cursed is a poorly written, poorly acted and all-around lame film. It attempts horror, entertainment and comedy, and it fails at all three. Even the special effects are not innovative or interesting. The only mildly engaging part of this film is Jimmys character a nerdy comic-book geek who comes out of his shell and gains some popularity at his high school through the whole ordeal. But that one positive note is overshadowed by a lot of bad language, some homosexual content, and intense violence and occult elements related to lycanthropy, most notably the use of the pentagram as the mark of the beast. In the end, Cursed has so little to offer moviegoers that were certain you can find a better way to spend your time and money.

Preview Reviewer: Shaun Daugherty
Distributor:
Dimension Films

Summary
The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (13) times mild (hell 2, damn 1); moderate (other 2); strong (-ss 6, b-tch 2)

Obscene Language: Many (17) times moderate (p-ss 1, s-ck 1); strong (s-word 13, finger gesture 1, d-ck 1)

Profanity: Several (8) times moderate (OMG 4); strong (J 3, JC 1)

Violence: Several times mild (car accident shown with car flipping over an embankment, high-school boys shown wrestling, several boys push another boy around); moderate (werewolf attacks and kills woman in extended suspenseful scene; several scenes include werewolves attacking, scratching and biting humans with supernatural strength and abilities; dog attacks humans; werewolves fight each other); strong (depiction of woman being mauled by werewolf, some bloody bodies shown, man shown decapitated)

Sex: None

Nudity: Few times mild (some low-cut shirts on women); moderate (woman shown naked from rear, man shown naked from rear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times mild (sexual innuendo and references to possible sexual encounters, woman shown hitting a man); moderate (references to past sexual encounters and safe sex)

Drugs: Few times mild (joking reference to illegal drug use)

Other: Some occult elements including pentagrams, psychics and werewolf lore; characters refer to having the mark of the beast in reference to their possession of a physical manifestation of the werewolf curse

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults


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