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Ouija: Origin of Evil | 2016 | PG-13 | - 1.6.3

Set in 1967, a widow and her two daughters try to make ends meet by performing séances and communicating with their clients' dead relatives. It all seems innocent enough until a Ouija board is used and a dark presence invades their lives. With Annalise Basso, Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Parker Mack, Doug Jones, Chelsea Gonzalez, Lincoln Melcher, Nicholas Keenan and Michael Weaver. Directed by Mike Flanagan. [1:39]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A teen boy and a teen girl nearly kiss and a priest interrupts them. A teen boy and a teen girl go to the girl's bedroom to listen to records, they sit on her bed together and they kiss.
 A teen boy asks a teen girl of she will go to homecoming with him using a Ouija board and the board spells, "Yes." A priest tells a teen girl that teen boys require discouragement.
 Teenage girls wear tight-fitting tops and short skirts. Teen girls wear Catholic school uniforms that include short skirts. A woman wears low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A teen boy with a rope around his neck falls from a second floor balcony into an entry way where he hangs dead and a teen girl screams and collapses. A woman is stabbed in the stomach (we hear a crunch and do not see blood; she falls dead). A teen girl pins a young girl on the floor and sews up the girls lips (we see the heavy stitches later) while the teen is being pulled away by creatures with long fingers and sharp teeth. A man is thrown down a flight of stairs by a girl standing on the ceiling and screeching (we see him dead at the bottom with blood on the step and his nose).
 A young girl stands at a mirror and looks through a Ouija board guide and sees a creature with sharp teeth standing behind her; the creature leans her backward and her mouth opens unnaturally wide as the creature enters her body; we see the girl lying on the floor twitching. A teenage girl seems to be hearing whispering coming from a shower and sees something on her face; she watches in the mirror as her mouth is closed over with skin, her eyes turn white and she tries to scream (she wakes up from a bad dream). A teen boy follows a young girl into a basement where he finds a hole in a wall and a doctor's bag inside, and also sees a skull and we later see skeletons in the same hole. A young girl grabs a woman by the head and we next see the woman being shackled to a table and the young girl holding a bladed instrument. A teen girl bites her own finger and bleeds; we see her writing with the blood on the floor to create a Ouija board.
 A young girl skitters along a wall and holds a teen girl's head as she whispers unintelligible words into her ear. A young girl sees something darting in front of her through a Ouija board guide and she is frightened (we see a blurry figure darting about).
 A man with a bladed instrument chases a woman and her teen daughter (they get away). A young girl sits a table with a Ouija board and picks up the guide, looks through the glass and seems to see someone or something through it (she doesn't seem afraid). A young girl speaks with a man's voice, giggles and says that it tickles. A young girl speaks with a woman's voice during a Ouija reading and tells a client a number of things that the board spells out.
 We hear about a boy whose family was rounded up by Germans during World War II and a man describes "The devil's doctor," who ran experiments on people after cutting out their tongues and severing their vocal chords so no one would hear them scream; the man says that the boy described his own murder in a letter. A young girl asks a teen boy if knows what it feels like to be strangled to death and she proceeds to describe it in vivid detail.
 A woman lights candles in a dark room and takes the hands of a young woman and her father around a table where the woman performs a séance and invites the spirit of the man's dead wife to join them; candles blow out in answer to specific questions and we see a ghostly figure outside the French doors, the figure crashes into the room and disappears causing the young woman and her father to scream and the man falls to the floor (he is unharmed).
 A girl stands alone on a playground and two boys tease her behind her back; one boy aims a slingshot with a rock at her and she turns around causing the boy to aim the slingshot at himself and we hear a scream off-screen as people rush toward him (we do not see what happened). A young girl runs along the ceiling and toward a man (we do not see what happens). A young girl stands in the corner of a room, with her eyes white and hovers toward a man (the scene ends); we see the man later and he is possessed (he carries a knife and threatens a woman with it and his eyes are white). A girl grabs a teen boy's head and seems to have him in a trance while she whispers in a demonic tone unintelligible words.
 A young girl sits on a sofa with her mouth stretched wide open, her eyes white and a screeching sound coming from her in a couple of scenes. A sheet is pulled off a teen girl while she sleeps and she yells thinking that her sister did it; when the teen sits up to the end of the bed to see what happened, nothing is there. A woman barges into a dark room where her teen daughter and three friends play with a Ouija board and the woman yells; one of the teen girl's screams loudly. A teenage girl sneaks out of her house at night and goes to a friend's house where they drink alcohol and play a Ouija board game.
 A woman squeezes a teen boy's hand while threatening him with harm if he touches her daughter (we hear a crunch). A woman talks about her mother being a fortune teller and that she would read tea leaves and Tarot cards. A woman and her teenage daughter argue in a few scenes. A girl slams her hands on a dining room table and yells at her mother. A teenage girl threatens her sister with melting her dolls if she tells on her. We hear that a man died in a drunk diving accident leaving a wife and two daughters behind. A young girl prays to her father at bedtime and says that she'd rather talk to her father than God. A teen boy and a teen girl talk about traveling to the moon and walking on the moon. A young girl complains of pain in her neck and says, "It stings, like a bee." A man says that young girl is channeling forces.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (witch, weird, cheats, Doris the Dorkis, drunk, stupid, pathetic, dumb, freak, fraud ), exclamations (watch your tongue), 10 religious exclamations (e.g. Pray to God, Oh My God, Oh God, Christ).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A young girl takes a pill for pain. Four teenagers drink alcohol at the house of one of them when the mother is away, a teen boy talks about his father drinking alcohol, people drink alcohol at a restaurant, and a man and a woman drink wine at a restaurant.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Fortune telling, scams, lies, misleading the desperate, death of loved ones, leaving things unsaid, Romeo and Juliet, Bonny and Clyde, false prophets.

MESSAGE - Don't forget to say goodbye when playing with a Ouija board.

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