The Return

2006 PG-13 1h 26m DVD

The Return

2006 PG-13 1h 26m DVD
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After being plagued by horrific nightmares about the murder of a young woman she's never met, successful sales representative Joanna Mills sets out on a determined quest to pinpoint the source of her fears.
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Peter O'Brien, Adam Scott, Kate Beahan, Sam Shepard, J.C. MacKenzie, Erinn Allison, Darrian McClanahan
Asif Kapadia
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this slow-moving, arty, somewhat abstract film, isn't likely to hold kids' attention (though many teens may want to see it because of star Sarah Michelle Gellar). Though trailers suggest that it's a horror movie, it's really more of an exploration of a trauma. It follows a young woman's struggle with violent, literally dark memories. These include a man's fatal assault on a woman, a car accident, and aggressive behavior by a creepy ex-boyfriend/co-worker. Violence (and one sex scene) tends to appear subjectively, which makes it hard to read. Characters are generally mean-spirited, depressed, and cryptic. Some drinking, a couple of jump scenes, menacing men chasing girls and women, and fairly mild language.

Sexual Content

One scene shows sex as a flashback (blurry images, very close-up and inexplicit); one friendship involves a tender kiss but doesn't develop further because of the movie's focus on scary stuff.


Several jump scenes; a young girl is stalked; protagonist cuts herself with knife twice; a car accident is shown repeatedly (the last version is the most violent, showing the crash itself); repated, sometimes abstract-seeming, bloody body parts; repeated versions of the same assault/central murder (a man hits, drags, kicks, then knifes his femlae victim, with bloody results and screaming); after another car accident, the protagonist's face and chest are bloodied; climactic struggle involves hitting, kicking; protagonist stabs villain with big knife; rape is threatened twice (first time is cut off quickly by another man; second leads to woman's murder).


Some ("god damn," "s--t" ).

Social Behavior

Stereotypical villain (smalltown Texas local who's misogynist and brutal); the haunted protagonist receives little help from friends or family.


Coca-Cola sign in the background; Pepsi can.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking in a bar; brief drunken aggression.

  • 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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