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Anna and the Apocalypse | 2019 | R | – 4.8.7

content-ratingsWhy is “Anna and the Apocalypse” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “zombie violence and gore, language, and some sexual material.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few passionate kissing scenes, references to sex and a suggestive Christmas song performed by a young woman; many scenes of zombies attacking people and people attacking zombies with a lot of blood and matter and tearing flesh throughout the movie, and several arguments and teen angst; and about 21 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Christmas/musical/horror/ movie about a sudden zombie apocalypse forcing a high school student (Ella Hunt) and her friends to slash and stab (and occasionally sing and dance) their way toward safety. Also with Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye. Directed by John McPhail. [Running Time: 1:33]

Anna and the Apocalypse SEX/NUDITY 4

 – A young man and a young woman kiss for an extended period of time in a school hallway, they separate to let the principal pass (he says, “Withdraw your tongues”), and then kiss again. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately while dancing, she wraps her leg around his waist and they fall back on a cafeteria table while pulling at each other’s clothes (the song ends). A young man and young woman kiss. A young man and a young woman hug.
 A young woman sings a suggestive Christmas song onstage at her school, wearing a dress that reveals cleavage with several young men dancing behind her and wearing shorts with suspenders (revealing bare chests, abdomen and legs); the principal refers to the song as being “pornographic” and “salacious filth.” A reference is made to a young man and a young woman having sex. A young woman finds a vibrator in a storage basket in a teacher’s office and drops it.
 A young man asks a young woman if she wants to “hook up over the holidays” and her father separates them. A young woman describes a young man as having “A body you’d lick chocolate off.” A young man makes a sexual gesture toward a young woman. A young man makes a sexual gesture with his hand. A young man and a young woman dance and sing about love.
 A young woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage. A toy hula dancer is shown on the dashboard of a car (a woman wearing a bra-type top and a grass skirt).


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Anna and the Apocalypse VIOLENCE/GORE 8

 – A man is shown being attacked by others and we see his intestines out of his body and a lot of blood. A man wearing a snowman costume is shown with his face covered with blood as he growls and falls to the ground; he chases a young man and a young woman until the young woman hits him in the head with the seat of a seesaw and knocks his actual head off (blood spurts and we see the head thrown into the air). A young man stands among many zombies and they begin attacking him and eating him (we see blood and matter and intestines and we hear ripping). A young man and a young woman are attacked by zombies and we hear tearing and screaming as they are infected (we see blood and tissue). A man punches another man in the stomach, the second man breaks a bottle and threatens the first man with it, and they fight briefly until one is pushed back onto a crowd of zombies by a swinging stage decoration (we see lots of blood and intestines and hear tearing). A young woman stabs a zombie in the face (we see blood on the weapon, which is a giant candy cane). A zombie moves toward two young women and one of them slams the zombie into a toilet causing blood to spray on the wall. Many zombies break through the wall of a bowling alley and chase several people; one young man slams a zombie’s head between two bowling balls (blood sprays up and we see broken skull and matter), a young woman stabs a zombie in the mouth and blood pours, we see a severed head roll out of a ball return, and a mop handle is stabbed through a zombie’s temple (blood pours). A young man with a metal pipe hits a zombie in the head and it splatters. Several zombies lumber around a room and we see them eating from dead bodies. Two zombies eat from a dead body on a street; we hear snarling and see a lot of blood.
 Several young men with weapons attack zombies and we see a lot of blood and matter on their weapons as they beat them; we also see blood on a car as they pass it, and one zombie is stabbed through the mouth. A car is shown crashed against a light pole, a large cloud of smoke rises in the distance and people with blood on their faces and bodies lumber around a neighborhood as a young woman sings and dances, oblivious to her neighbors being infected by a zombie virus. Several young men and young women walk through a dark area and are attacked by zombies; one young man drops his phone and goes back for it narrowly avoiding being attacked by a zombie. A zombie bites a young man’s hand, we see flesh tear away, and blood pours. Many blood soaked zombies are shown outside a bowling alley. We see many soldiers lumbering around a town after having been infected.
 A zombie missing his lower legs pulls himself along the ground (we see blood on his legs and pants). A man dressed as Santa pops onto the screen and we see his very bloody face, discolored eyes and skin and he growls as the scene ends. A man is shown with a bloody bite on his leg and he becomes ill. We see many bodies on the ground as a young man and young woman run through a town, and they find a tree in flames outside their school. We see someone on a video stabbed in the abdomen (we see blood on the blade and his shirt).
 A woman is said to have a heart problem and we see her lying motionless after an apparent heart attack. A man makes a comment about having to kill his father after he became infected. A young woman argues with her father about not wanting to go to college right after graduation; the argument ends with her telling him, “I can’t wait to get away from you.” We hear a news report of a pandemic and a lethal pathogen on the radio. We hear a news report about a “mass infection.” A young woman blames a pandemic on “big pharma.” We understand that a young woman’s mother died.
 A young woman is playfully dragged by the arm and she crashes into a few chairs (no injuries are seen). A young woman makes the shape of a gun with her hand and pretends to shoot herself in the head. A few young men are shown wheeling shopping carts full of things and a young woman accuses them of looting. People in a hallway cough and behave unusually (they’re presumably infected).
 A young man gags and vomits below the frame (we do not see goo). A reference is made to someone being carsick. A young man has jelly smeared on his face after eating. Something is splattered on a young woman’s sweater (it looks like food). A zombie is shown urinating in a swimming pool (we hear the trickle and see a stream). A lot of blood, matter and goo is shown smeared and strewn on floors throughout a school.


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Anna and the Apocalypse LANGUAGE 7

 – About 21 F-words (1 mouthed), 1 obscene hand gesture, 7 sexual references, 14 scatological terms, 16 anatomical terms, 5 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, child, sexy child, weird, buddy, crazy, killer old people, losers, idiots, ugly bastards, annoying, cocky, sleazes, vacuous, silly, roly-poly pig faced plumber, weak, nerd), exclamations (shut-up, bugger off), 8 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, I Hope To God, Jesus, I Swear To God, For God’s Sake, God, Holy [scatological term deleted], we see a manger scene in a courtyard.). | profanity glossary |


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Anna and the Apocalypse SUBSTANCE USE

 – A young woman finds a bottle of vodka in a storage basket in a teacher’s office and takes it with her.


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Anna and the Apocalypse DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Growing up, life choices, zombies, death of apparent, change, OCD, patience, hope, friendship vs. love, sacrifice, technology.

Anna and the Apocalypse MESSAGE

 – As a teenager you may think you have problems, but wait until you have to face a zombie apocalypse.

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