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Let Me In | 2010 | R | - 6.9.6

A remake of the 2008 Swedish film "Let the Right One In": A bullied and lonely boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) living with his divorced mother meets a new neighbor (Chloë Grace Moretz) and desperately wants to become friends with her, even though she tells him on their first meeting that they cannot become friends but will not explain why. As he begins to get to know her better, he realizes that there is something very different about her. Also with Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono, Elias Koteas and Sasha Barrese. Directed by Matt Reeves. [1:55]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A boy watches a man kiss a woman's neck, caress her chest, slip her dress off her shoulder and reveal her bare breast; the woman appears to see the boy watching them and he hides.
 A girl with blood on her mouth, neck and hands kisses a boy (he ends up with blood on his lips) and hugs him in another scene. A young man and a young woman kiss passionately in a convenience store. A girl kisses a boy. A girl kisses a boy on the cheek.
 A girl removes her clothing and climbs into bed with a boy, who remarks that she is not wearing anything and that she is cold. A girl is shown with a towel wrapped around her (bare shoulders, cleavage and bare legs are shown) after showering and a boy tells her to put on one of his mother's dresses. A boy is shown bare-chested and wearing jeans. A boy undresses in a locker room and is shown bare-chested and wearing swim trunks. A clip from the movie "Romeo and Juliet" shows a bare-chested young man and a young woman lying in bed (sex is implied).
 A boy asks a girl to go steady. A girl asks a boy, "Do you like me, and would you like me if I wasn't a girl?"


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VIOLENCE/GORE 9 - A man walks into a dark tunnel where a girl is crouched and she asks him for help: the man picks her up, she attacks him, slamming him against the walls (we hear crunching and shrieking), he ends up on the ground, splattered with blood and she is on top of him slurping up blood from his neck (we see blood on her mouth and neck and see that her eyes have changed to an icy blue color); she then twists his head and snaps his neck.
 A girl bites a man on the neck, we hear slurping and the man falls from a ledge several stories high (we see the girl with blood on her mouth and chin and the veins on her face appear darkened and raised). A girl attacks a man, thrashes him around, blood platters on a wall, a door and on the man's face, the man screams and tries to get free and we hear slurping as she drinks blood from his neck; he's motionless. A girl attacks a woman, thrashes her around, slurps blood from her neck wound and tries to attack a man, who tries to stop her (he is unharmed but we see the woman's gaping, bloody neck wound and a lot of blood in the snow around her).
 A boy is shown being held under water by another boy, he hears yelling and loud noises coming from the surface, we see a severed head float in the water near him and another boy being dragged through the water; the boy being held under water surfaces and we see bloody gashes on his back, bloody feet standing near him on the side of the pool, and a lot of blood in the water and all around, along with bloody human remains.
 A girl begins to twitch and her head, nose and eyes bleed (we see a puddle of blood on the floor around her feet and more in the shower while she is bathing). A woman lies in a hospital bed with a bandage on her neck, she pulls out her IV, slurps blood from her own arm (we see her face and arms covered with blood) and when the curtains are opened and she is struck by sunlight, her skin bubbles and she bursts into flames; another woman tries to reach her and catches on fire (we see her fall to the floor in flames). A man pours what we understand is acid on his face (we see his skin shrivel and smolder and he screams). A police officer with his gun drawn kicks a door down and enters a dark apartment, finds a girl in a bathtub, pulls back the blankets covering her and her leg burns from the sunlight (we see a split open in her skin).
 A man drags a body though snowy woods, ties its feet, pulls it into the air, cuts a hole in the neck using a knife and blood drains from the body into a funnel and jug (we see blue-tinged and stiffened fingers). We see a dead body lying in an opening behind a cinderblock wall (dried blood is shown on his neck and chest).
 A boy is threatened by three other boys, he arms himself with a long metal pole and strikes one boy on the side of the head; the boy falls to the ground screaming and we see that his ear has split and is bloody (we later see his ear bandaged). We hear loud rhythmic thumping, then sirens screaming and we see EMTs working on a person who is described as having severe acid burns on his face, chest and hands (we see the shriveled skin on his hand as it pulls against a handcuff and hear him hyperventilating, gasping and gagging).
 We see a man's badly burned face (his nose is missing, his lips are missing, one eye is discolored and his skin is shriveled and bloody). A body is found frozen into a chunk of ice (it is cut out with a saw and hoisted into the air where we see a decaying face and hand). A man drags a body into woods and rolls it into a stream.
 A boy cuts his thumb and blood drips from the wound; a girl falls to the floor and licks the blood (we see her face and eyes and mouth change to animal-like features) and then runs away. A girl with blood on her mouth and neck and hands kisses a boy (he ends up with blood on his lips). A nurse enters a hospital room and discovers a patient has jumped out the window; she screams and we see blood splattered on the snow-covered ground below.
 Four boys chase another boy into a locker room, the boy arms himself with a pocketknife, the boys grab the knife from him and drag him to a swimming pool (he yells and pleads for them to stop), they throw him into the pool, and one boy holds him under water and threatens to cut his eye out if he doesn't stay under for 3 minutes. Three boys tease another boy in a locker room, one boy flips him in the face with a towel, they grab him and push him to the floor, one boy pulls his underwear up (the boy screams and pleads for them to stop) and we see a puddle of urine appear under him as the three boys yell; one boy then kicks him and they run away. A boy strikes another boy in the face using a metal wand (we see a cut on his cheek).
 A man attacks a young man in a car, they struggle, the man uses something in a vial to knock the young man out, and speeds away in the car while being chased by three other young men; he swerves, dodges oncoming cars, slides off an embankment, and the car rolls several times (we see the two people in the car being thrown and eventually blood-covered and trapped in the car, which is now upside down).
 A man breaks into a car in a parking lot, the driver returns and drives away, the man sits up in the backseat wearing a black mask, the car stops at a railroad crossing and as the train approaches we see the man attack the driver (we see no blood).
 A man is shown in a hospital bed hooked up to a breathing machine (we do not see his face but we hear his labored breathing and see his shriveled and burned hand).
 A boy plays with a pocketknife, pretending to be threatening someone and stabs the knife into a tree repeatedly. A boy plays with a knife and pretends to be threatening someone while watching himself in the mirror. Several boys tease a girl in a swimming pool, one of them unties her top (nothing is revealed) and she complains to a teacher who punishes the boys; the girl punches one boy in the arm.
 A boy hears arguing, yelling, and loud thumps coming through the wall from the next-door apartment in several scenes. A woman argues with her ex-husband over the telephone and she cries. A boy watches a man and a woman arguing (they yell and she walks out of the room).
 Students are told that a recent graduate from their school was murdered. We hear that a man doused himself with a flammable liquid or acid and we hear about this again later on a radio news report. A girl says, "I need blood to live." A girl tells a boy that he has to "hit back hard" after he tells her about being bullied. A boy tells a girl, "You smell kind of funny." A boy says, "I hate it here." A girl says that her parents are dead and a boy says that his are divorced.
 A man slips and drops a jug filled with blood, and is shown emptying onto a snow-covered street. A girl vomits in a parking lot (we hear her gagging and coughing). A boy throws a large spitball at another boy and it splatters on his sleeve.
 Several boys light a dumpster on fire and a man goes to investigate. A girl is shown scaling the outside of a building. A girl is shown walking barefoot in snow in several scenes.


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LANGUAGE 6 - About 13 F-words, 5 scatological terms, 4 anatomical terms, exclamations (shut up), name-calling (freak, little girl, stupid), 1 religious profanity, 11 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks wine in numerous scenes and appears to drink herself to sleep every night. A man smokes cigarettes in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Satanists, cultists, vampires, bullying, divorce, religion, evil.

MESSAGE - Friendship can come out of unusual circumstances.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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