The Call Hits Most of the Right Numbers
- Friday, March 15, 2013
But in what’s a testament to just how engaging The Call is beforehand, the lack of a satisfying ending still isn’t a dealbreaker. In fact, adults could do a whole lot worse this weekend. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone or Spring Breakers, anyone?
- Drugs/Alcohol: References to drunks and drug addicts who overdose. Casey’s kidnapper has access to drugs because he’s a medical assistant and at one point, he uses chloroform to sedate Casey.
- Language/Profanity: Four instances of the “f” word and several milder profanities, plus moments where God’s name is taken in vain or paired with da--.
- Sex/Nudity: Some discussion about whether Casey’s friend is old enough to legally have sex. Casey is offered the opportunity to sleep with a guy but turns it down. A female corpse is briefly shown in her underwear (her body is mostly in shadow). A joke involves male strippers. Crude references to female anatomy. Michael strips Casey of her shirt, so she’s shown in her bra for most of the movie.
- Violence/Disturbing Content: A teenage girl is kidnapped and thrown in a trunk. The same victim is attacked in a parking garage, hit in the face, threatened and cut with a knife. Another victim is stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver after being fighting with the killer and being thrown in the trunk with Casey. More innocent people are beaten, stabbed with scissors and one is set on fire after being soaked in gasoline. The killer has a thing for “hair” and keeps his victims’ scalps in the fridge. He also has a strange preoccupation with his older sister—he smells her clothes and even kissed her corpse on the lips in one scene.
Christa Banister is an author and full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
Publication date: March 15, 2013
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