2015 R 1h 28m Blu-ray / DVD

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2015 R 1h 28m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this tongue-in-cheek chiller, students at an elementary school fall prey to a virus that transforms them into bloodthirsty, cannibalistic mutants. As the infection spreads, both faculty and unaffected pupils try to escape the school alive.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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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age 17+

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.

Sexual Content

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."

Social Behavior

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 / Alcohol

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.

  • 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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