The Moth Diaries

2011 R 1h 23m DVD

The Moth Diaries

2011 R 1h 23m DVD
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Rebecca's life at boarding school is upended when her best pal Lucy befriends new girl Ernessa, who Rebecca suspects is a vampire. Is she haunted by the school's gothic past, in shock from her father's suicide, or just jealous? Or is she right?
Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Sarah Bolger, Judy Parfitt, Melissa Farman, Laurence Hamelin, Gia Sandhu, Valerie Tian, Scott Speedman
Mary Harron
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 Moth Diaries is a horror movie set at a girls' boarding school. Some of the events contain vampire-like elements, but the movie's main theme seems to be about suicide. It's clearly intended to follow in the footsteps of the popular Twilight movies and their mix of horror and teen angst, but there's much more gore -- and sex -- here. Viewers see several dead bodies -- including suicide victims -- and lots of blood. Sex scenes include partial nudity and two women in bed together; there's also strong innuendo and sex talk throughout. Language is quite infrequent but includes one "f--k," and there are scenes of teens smoking pot, with consequences.

Sexual Content

One quick sex scene in a dream sequence. A boy is shown on top, thrusting. The girl is shown first moaning and then screaming in pain. One naked breast is shown. Another partial breast is shown during a suicide sequence. A teacher kisses a female student and begins unbuttoning her top. Two women are shown naked in bed together, though nothing sensitive is seen (the scene is meant to imply vampire-like violence as well as pleasure). Persistent sex talk throughout, including discussions about women's "cycles.


Two flashbacks to suicide victims, with lots of blood. A razor blade is the implement used, and viewers see it again and again. In a dream sequence, a girl slices her wrist, and it "rains" blood all over a library. The main character gets a terrible bloody nose. Several dead bodies. Threats ("I'd like to kill her"). A sex scene includes screams of pain.


Language is very infrequent but includes one use of "f--k." The rest is mostly sex-related talk/insults: "whore," "virgin," "dyke," etc.

Social Behavior

The Moth Diaries begins with a tough and confusing problem, and the way to deal with it isn't clear. Help is requested but not received, and the problem is solved with violence. Suicide is a major theme as well. The main character thinks about it and must decide whether or not to do it.


A single mention of Facebook.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teens are shown smoking pot in two scenes. Some of them react badly; one girl collapses on a bed, feeling sick, and another goes crazy and throws a chair out a window.

  • 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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