The Calling

2014 R 1h 48m DVD

The Calling

2014 R 1h 48m DVD
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Detective Inspector Hazel Micallef's (played by Susan Sarandon) quiet life is shattered by a series of gruesome murders performed by a religious madman following a deadly higher calling.
Susan Sarandon, Gil Bellows, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland, Christopher Heyerdahl
Jason Stone
Widescreen 2.40:1
Korean, Thai, English, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese Mandarin
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese (Brazilian): Dolby Digital 5.1, Thai: 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+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Calling is a crime thriller with several religious references that includes graphic images of dead bodies in various states -- such as an elderly woman with a slit throat and a man whose stomach has been removed (viewers later see dogs eating the stomach). The serial killer also positions the mouths of his victims after they've died. There are mentions of suicide, most of which are faith-based, throughout the movie, and one character shoots himself in the head. The main character drinks heavily and abuses prescription pills to numb her pain. Strong language is also used, including words like "s--t," "f--k," and "hell."

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Hazel and her team are investigating a series of murders that include graphic visuals like a woman whose throat has been slit and a man whose stomach has been removed. One scene shows dogs eating the removed stomach. The victims' mouths are manipulated after death, and later Hazel reads detailed reports from the coroner's office. Ben discovers a rotting corpse in a trailer in the middle of the woods. A woman has scalding-hot water poured on her back. A man commits suicide by shooting himself in the head.


Some uses of "s--t," "hell," and "f--k."

Social Behavior

Amid its story about brutal murders, The Calling shows the importance of reaching out to others, either through an online community or a friend or family member, to discuss what may be causing you pain.


References to Jim Beam and Oldsmobile.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Hazel is constantly drinking alcohol at home, in bars, and at work. She also abuses her prescription pills and is seen stealing medication from crime scenes.

  • 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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