Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Cooties is a horror-comedy about kids who turn into zombies after eating tainted chicken nuggets. Despite a talented cast and a screenplay co-written by horror veteran Leigh Whannell, the movie eventually grows boring and tasteless and, frankly, is too icky to recommend to just about anyone. Adults bash and fight kid zombies, there's lots of blood and gore (including severed limbs), and a disturbing, stomach-turning prologue shows chicken nuggets being made. Language is extremely strong, with constant use of words including "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t." There's some kissing and innuendo; a minor character spends the movie tripping on "shrooms," and kids pop Ritalin and Adderall pills. There's also some cultural stereotyping.
Passionate kissing between a man and a woman (she already has a boyfriend). Some innuendo. Discussion of puberty and periods.
Cartoonishly over-the-top gory violence. Adults beat up, punch, pummel, smash, and otherwise destroy child zombies. Blood sprays, strong gore, disgusting wounds, severed limbs and heads. Disturbing prologue shows chicken nuggets being made. Other stomach-churning moments are played for laughs.
Very strong language, much of it spoken by kids, includes multiple uses of "f--k," "c--k," "s--t," "c--t," "a--hole," "ass," "butthole," "balls," "d--k," "crap," "vagina," "douche," "bitch," "goddamn," "pee," and one "motherf----r."
Vague defense of the profession of teaching, but it's not really supported by the characters' actions. Also takes aim at modern parenting -- i.e. moms who are too busy on their cell phones to pay attention to their kids, as well as kids on Ritalin and Adderall. Characters work together but in a kind of disjointed way.
Very brief mention of Apple products.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A secondary character spends the movie comically tripping on "shrooms" and is shown buying them from a dealer and eating them. Kids pop Ritalin and Adderall pills at school.