The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2005 UR 2h 1m Blu-ray / DVD

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

2005 UR 2h 1m Blu-ray / DVD
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Hired to represent a resolute priest charged with negligent homicide after an exorcism that went horribly wrong, agnostic defense attorney Erin Bruner finds herself starting to believe her client -- much to her dismay.
Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore, Joshua Close, Kenneth Welsh, Duncan Fraser, JR Bourne, Mary Beth Hurt, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Henry Czerny, Aaron Douglas
Scott Derrickson
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English: Dolby True HD
UR - UR -
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the movie, despite its PG-13 rating, includes gruesome imagery, sound effects, and especially explicit references to demonic possession, animalistic behavior, self-inflicted violence, and of course, questions concerning religious faith and skepticism. The material is somewhat complex, in other words, and may be troubling and even harrowing for younger viewers. The film opens with screams on a black screen, indicating her death, then cuts to her family's reactions, inside their farmhouse; it goes on to show still shots of the dead girl (emaciated, bruised, and wounded), scary scenes of her possession (body contorted, guttural sounds and screaming, fast cuts and dark rain/shadows), and standard horror movie scenes of characters walking down dark hallways, running in the rain, hearing sounds and seeing shadows, and seeing their clocks all show 3am (a witching hour explained in the film). A character is violently struck and killed by a car, characters drink, smoke, and use occasional, mild, harsh language.

Sexual Content

Some twisty body images during possession, not specifically sexual, but alarming.


Some fighting when Emily is possessed, her body undergoes repeated contortions and abuses.


Anxious uses of "God," "hell," and "son of a bitch."

Social Behavior

Satan possesses a 19-year-old girl.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The lawyers (including Erin) meet several times in a bar, where we see drinking (Erin especially) and smoking; Emily is put on medication.

  • 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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