Unfortunately, all this realism makes the film sometimes hard to watch. Andrew’s dysfunctional home life has left him so emotionally crippled he doesn’t seem to grasp the concept of right and wrong. He has a lot of rejection and pent-up anger to manage—and that, coupled with the ability to crush a car with one hand, is an explosive combination.

Adding to the discomfort is the plight of Andrew’s mother, a chronically-ill woman who can’t afford her pain meds. (A bit of a political statement with this subplot?) It’s her situation that finally pushes Andrew over the edge. Without his frightful powers he still might have become a serial killer; he gives off that kind of vibe. But with them... let’s just say that at the end of the film the city of Seattle has some serious rebuilding to do.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Implied drug or tobacco use; alcoholic (and frequently drunk) adult shown surrounded by beer bottles; much discussion of drunkenness; adults drinking; teen drinking at parties. Terminally ill woman shown needing medication the family can’t afford.
  • Language/Profanity: Profanity not constant, but common. Sh**, pus**, ***hole, dou***bag, bi***,  bullsh**, scre** up, son calls father “idiot”, the Lord’s name taken in vain several times in a variety of ways, violent nosebleed referred to as a “face period,” significant hostility, disrespect, and name-calling even when not using profanity.
  • Sex/Nudity: Sex is much discussed, sometimes accompanied by lewd gestures; boys describe themselves as another boy’s “mistress” in response to his girlfriend’s jealousy; camera lingers on cheerleaders in uniform and miscellaneous ‘booty’; girls’ skirts are blown by fan to show underwear; teen boy shown apparently in between sexual encounters with a girl; teen described as “becoming a man” as he is presumed to be losing his virginity at a party; girl shown leaving room after failed intercourse, the boy is pulling up his pants (wearing underwear), he appears to have thrown up on her; scantily-clad girls at various parties; girl drapes herself over boy; several couples shown leaving parties to have sex, kissing, foreplay . . . in short, there’s a lot of teen sex either wished for, talked about, attempted, or accomplished throughout the film.
  • Violence: Abusive father slaps around son who later returns the favor; fistfights; one boy has teeth ripped out and we later see the perpetrator admiring his dental trophies; bullying accompanied by shoving and punches; car forced through guardrail into water; boy struck by lighting (fatally); boy hit by airplane and later by a bus; man blames son for wife’s death; as time goes on the action becomes progressively more violent with guns, robbery, shooting, attempted murder, explosions, helicopter crashes, buildings demolished, bodies and vehicles tossed through the air and dropped from great heights; multiple instances of blood and injuries shown; one character impaled with a giant spear. Not for the squeamish.
  • Spiritual Themes: One boy is fond of quoting philosophers. After a prank the boys say, “Ignore us, we’re just Mormons.” (To be fair, it might have been “morons” since their enunciation wasn’t exactly clear.) The boys talk about going to Tibet to visit the “enlightened” monks there as a way to find peace. One character says “You’re not a bad person and that’s what matters” which is interesting considering the havoc wrought by said not-bad person. None of the characters have much of a moral compass.