The Ring

2002 PG-13 1h 55m DVD

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The Ring

2002 PG-13 1h 55m DVD
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It sounds like another urban legend: a videotape filled with nightmarish images, leading to a phone call foretelling the viewer's death. A reporter is skeptical until she watches the video -- and has to unravel the mystery before her own time is up.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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+
  • Naomi Watts
  • Martin Henderson
  • David Dorfman
  • Brian Cox
  • Jane Alexander
  • Lindsay Frost
  • Amber Tamblyn
  • Rachael Bella
  • Daveigh Chase
  • Shannon Cochran
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Ring is a 2002 remake of a Japanese film that is very, very scary. Four people and a horse die on-screen, with the potential for many more untimely demises throughout. The soundtrack is filled with the spitting of unending Seattle rain, echoing orchestral strains of doom and loud and relentless guttural sound effects, all adding to the scariness. A dead girl's face decomposes in a few seconds. Water seeps out of nowhere. Handprints appear and then disappear just as mysteriously. Blood is seen in the water. Several people have spontaneous nosebleeds. A man kills himself using electric cords and an overflowing bath tub. A dead girl is found wearing an expression of horror. A woman tumbles down a deep well, where she discovers a girl's dead body. On television, in a grainy black-and-white video, a long-dead girl emerges from a well looking gray and menacing, then climbs out of the TV set and causes the frightening death of an innocent man. A woman throws a bag over her daughter's head and tosses her down a well. Profanity includes "s--t," "prick," "bitch," and "damn."

Sexual Content

A 16-year-old girl mentions in an aside that she stayed at a cabin with her boyfriend without parental knowledge. Her friend asks if they "did anything." A woman in bra and underpants looks for a dress. A character in a wet T-shirt.

Violence

The soundtrack is filled with the spitting of unending Seattle rain, echoing orchestral strains of doom and loud and relentless guttural sound effects, all adding to the scariness. A dead girl's face decomposes in a few seconds. Refrigerators open themselves. Screws unscrew themselves. Wells cover themselves. Water seeps out of nowhere. Handprints appear and then disappear just as mysteriously. A horse seems to go mad for no reason, violently escapes his trailer, runs amok, and then jumps off a ferry into a river to his death. Blood is seen in the water. Several people have spontaneous nosebleeds. A man kills himself using electric cords and an overflowing bath tub. A dead girl is found wearing an expression of horror. A woman tumbles down a deep well, where she discovers a girl's dead body. On television, in a grainy black-and-white video, a long-dead girl emerges from a well looking gray and menacing, then climbs out of the TV set and causes the frightening death of an innocent man. A woman throws a bag over her daughter's head and tosses her down a well. In addition to unremitting scariness, this movie also continually poses the question "why?" and then never answers it, which is even scarier.

Language

"S--t," "prick," "bitch," "damn."

Social Behavior

In Hollywood Horrorland, wronged dead people have inexplicable evil magical powers that they feel the need to use on innocent strangers.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teenagers and adults smoke cigarettes. Someone mentions Vicodin.

  • 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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