The Call

2013 R PT1H34M Blu-ray / DVD

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The Call

2013 R PT1H34M Blu-ray / DVD
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When an abducted teenage girl makes a frantic call from the trunk of a serial killer's speeding car, she connects with a sympathetic 911 operator who's dealt with the perpetrator in the past.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Call is a gripping but very violent thriller about a heroic 911 operator trying to rescue a kidnapped teen girl. The girl is punched, beaten, stripped to her bra, and briefly tortured. Her age isn't specifically mentioned in the movie, but actress Abigail Breslin is 16. There are also scenes in which characters are stabbed with a screwdriver and lit on fire. Other aspects of the movie are fairly mild, including language, with just a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as some mild sexual innuendo involving teens (and one grown-up kiss). Several of the 911 calls heard on the soundtrack describe acts of violence, including drug use. Ultimately, because all of the movie's intense, serial killer-related violence centers around a teen victim, this movie isn't recommended for any but the most mature viewers.

Sexual Content

A teen girl is shown in her bra, but it's not in a sexual/romantic context. Two teens talk about sexual matters at a mall, with mild innuendo (with phrases like "bone you"). Two adults kiss.

Violence

A teenage girl is kidnapped, punched, beaten, stripped down to her bra, and briefly tortured. She's shown with a swollen eye. In an earlier scene, a prowler breaks into a home and attacks another teen girl. This girl is later shown dead (pixilated) on the evening news. A man is beaten with a shovel, stabbed with a screwdriver, and killed. A serial killer's gruesome hideout is shown, with bloody smears on the walls and a collection of girls' scalps. A man is lit on fire with gasoline and a lighter. Verbal descriptions of violent crimes and murders heard on the 911 calls.

Language

"Motherf----r," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "oh my God," and "goddamn" are all used a few times each.

Social Behavior

A woman learns to face her fears, though she marches into a dangerous situation to do so. She also tries to forgive herself for a past mistake. On the downside, the movie promotes revenge.

Consumerism

A Pepsi logo is seen (backwards, in a window) in one scene. Another scene takes place in a mall, though businesses are never shown clearly.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drugs are mentioned during several of the 911 calls in the opening scenes. Two teen girls mention that someone they know "smokes dope."

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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