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The Haunting of Molly Hartley | 2008 | PG-13 | - 3.6.5

A young woman (Haley Bennett) on the eve of her 18th birthday suffers from painful memories of her mother trying to kill her. Struggling to try to make sense of her past, she and her father move away and try to start a new life. However, she cannot escape her nightmares and the strange voices she begins to hear. Also with Jake Weber, Chace Crawford, Shanna Collins, Shannon Marie Woodward, Annalynne McCord, Marin Hinkle, Jessica Lowndes. Directed by Mickey Liddell. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young woman changes clothes and we see her in a bra and skirt (cleavage, bare back, bare thigh and abdomen are visible). A young woman wears a low-cut sundress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders, back and legs to mid-thigh.
 A young man and a young woman kiss, and they are interrupted by her father who takes her away. A young man and a young woman kiss. A young man and a young woman dance at a party and nearly kiss (they are interrupted).
 Young men and young women dance at a party. A young man and a young woman flirt, he asks her to join him for something to eat and she declines.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A woman with a knife walks toward a young woman and tries to stab her: they struggle over the knife, and one of them is thrown over a railing and crashes down onto the floor several floors below (we see her lying motionless and we see a knife in her abdomen when she is rolled over).
 A man drives his car fast and erratically, his passenger is frightened and asks him to slow down, he nearly crashes into another car, drives through a fence, a truck crashes into the side of the car, flipping it on its side, and we see the man and a young woman with bloody wounds but alive; the man then picks up a shard of glass and stabs the young woman (we hear a crunch and a scream). A young woman stabs herself in the chest a few times (we hear crunching, but we see no blood).
 We hear that a woman tried to kill her daughter by stabbing her in the chest with a pair of scissors and we see the woman lifting the scissors and bringing them down toward the young woman (we do not see the stabbing).
 A young woman holds another young woman under water to drown her; they struggle and one of the young women falls back and strikes her head (we see her floating dead with a bit of blood in the surrounding water). A young woman strikes her father in the head with a heavy vase (he falls to the floor unconscious). A young woman shoves another young woman, who shoves her back, grabs her arm, twists it (we hear crunching) and the young woman falls to the floor screaming. A man is held by another man and he has a bloody face (it appears that he has been beaten); his arm is twisted behind him and he struggles to get free.
 A young woman has a nightmare about a woman trying to stab her and wakes up screaming. A young woman imagines her mother trying to attack her, and she falls to the ground thrashing and hyperventilating.
 A young woman has a nosebleed, she panics and hyperventilates and falls to the floor (we see blood on her blouse and nose). A young woman has a nightmare where she is in a panic and has blood on her hands. We see a woman sitting on a bathroom floor and she and the floor are smeared with blood. A young woman has a bloody nose in several scenes.
 A young woman hears water running in her bathroom, she turns the water off, and she sees the reflection of a partially decayed figure moving in a mirror; she screams and tries to open the door, which has been locked, but she collapses.
 A young woman enters a house after she hears a young man calling her and then hears breaking glass (she finds him and he's fine). A young woman walks through woods following a string that leads to a cabin; she enters the dark, empty cabin, someone grabs her around the mouth and she is frightened (it's her boyfriend). Several birds flutter toward a young woman walking through woods and she is startled. A young woman appears anxious and expresses concern about her mother being able to hurt her. A young woman walks alone along a dark street, a dog jumps against a fence as she passes, and she is startled and jumps. A young man in a library startles a young woman. Two young women hear voices and loud piercing squeals in several scenes throughout the movie. A young woman jumps when mail hits the floor and makes a loud noise.
 We see a young woman lying on an operating table, and a doctor slides a metal tube up her nose during a procedure to remove a sinus tumor. We see a scar from a stabbing on a young woman's chest.
 A young woman is given a knife and is told to kill her father. A young woman asks another young woman if she's been saved and she says that her mother and father don't believe in that sort of thing. People mock a young woman for being religious and they call her names. A young woman runs into two other young women and they exchange snide remarks. A woman talks to a young woman about the possibility of suffering from a genetic mental disorder. A young woman talks about her father having died of throat cancer and that she found out she is adopted.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word, 6 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (jerk, Jesus freak, insane, crazy, mental case), 3 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Underage young men and young women drink alcohol at a party. A young woman takes an aspirin.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Faith, baptism, the devil, schizophrenia, bi-polar disease, paranoia, miscarriage, anger management, attempted suicide, destiny, adoption, death of a parent, death of a child, saving one's child, fear.

MESSAGE - Human weakness has its consequences.

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