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"PREMONITION"
(2007) (Sandra Bullock, Julian McMahon) (PG-13)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Mild Heavy Heavy *Moderate None
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Minor Mild Extreme None Heavy
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Moderate Minor Extreme Moderate Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Suspense/Thriller: A woman tries to learn the fate of her husband when she repeatedly wakes up on inconsecutive days, sometimes to find he's alive, but on others that he's perished in a car accident.
PLOT:
Linda Hanson (SANDRA BULLOCK) seems to be leading the idyllic suburban lifestyle. Married to a handsome man, Jim (JULIAN McMAHON), and mother to cute daughters Megan (SHYANN McCLURE) and Bridgette (COURTNEY TAYLOR BURNESS), she'd seem to have it all. All of that's shattered, however, when a sheriff arrives at her door one day to give her the bad news that her husband was killed the previous day in a car accident.

Shocked by the news, Linda tries to cope with the help of her mom, Joanne (KATE NELLIGAN), and best friend, Annie (NIA LONG). However, it all seems to have been a bad dream when she wakes up the next morning and Jim is there and very much alive, although a bit distant. Although she's happy he isn't dead, Linda can't shake the all too real experience from the day before, a point reiterated upon waking the following morning where this time Jim is dead again.

Thinking she's losing her mind, especially when she finds a bottle of lithium prescribed by Dr. Roth (PETER STORMARE) and meets various people who seem to know her but she can't remember them, Linda tries to piece together what's occurring. When she finally realizes she's somehow waking up on inconsecutive days, she sets out to save Jim from what seems to be a premonition of his pending death.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Some may be drawn by the supernatural thriller appearance, while those who are fans of Bullock or anyone else in the cast might be enticed as well.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some violent content, disturbing images, thematic material and brief language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • SANDRA BULLOCK plays a woman who thinks she's losing her mind when she keeps waking up on different days, some of which have her husband alive and well, and at others where he's dead. Suffering through grief and confusion, she sets out to discover what's occurring. She uses profanity (some of it briefly strong) and briefly drinks and smokes.
  • JULIAN McMAHON plays her husband who's somewhat distant from her, and we eventually learn he's having or planning to have an affair with a coworker.
  • SHYANN McCLURE and COURTNEY TAYLOR BURNESS play their young daughters who must cope with their father's death (on the days he's dead) as well as their mother's stranger behavior.
  • NIA LONG plays Linda's best friend who tries to help.
  • KATE NELLIGAN plays Linda's mother who's concerned about her daughter's loss and erratic behavior.
  • PETER STORMARE plays a psychiatrist who treats Linda and prescribes Lithium for her.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this suspense/thriller that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while a few other expletives and a colorful phrase are also uttered. A married couple has sex off-screen, and a woman waits to have an affair with that man in a hotel room, but he calls it off before he gets there. That husband and wife are seen separately and together in the shower, but no explicit nudity is seen and no sexual activity occurs there.

    Violence includes a graphic car accident, as well as an unrelated scene featuring a girl running through a sliding glass door, resulting in bloody wounds. Other bloody or gory material is present, including the brief sight of a severed head falling from a dropped casket. Those scenes, others, and the film's supernatural type vibe might be unsettling for some viewers.

    Tense family material includes a woman and her young daughters having to deal with the death of the husband/father (but the nature of the film has him alive one day and dead the next, etc.). The wife also learns the husband is having or planning to have an affair with a coworker.

    Brief drinking and smoking occur, while a woman contemplates taking prescription lithium. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those concerned with bright flashes of light on the screen, there's some during a storm.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of camera movement, including bouncy views and some spin-around shots, throughout the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • We see a bottle of wine roll out from Linda's grocery bag.
  • Jim has a beer with dinner.
  • We see a bottle of wine on Linda's nightstand in the morning (from the night before).
  • Linda finds lithium pills in her bathroom sink.
  • Linda contemplates taking some prescribed lithium, but then drops it into the sink.
  • Linda has wine while in bed.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Linda trips on a toy in the backyard and falls backwards, landing on a dead crow. She has its blood all over her hands and rushes back inside -- leaving a bloody smear on the sliding glass door -- and washes off that blood in the sink. She then throws the bloody carcass into the trash dumpster.
  • Linda turns Bridgette around only to be horrified by various bad looking, but stitched-up cuts on the girl's face.
  • Believing he's not dead, Linda demands that Jim's casket be opened. Two men then start to pull it out of the hearse, but one end falls to the street and the lid pops open. Everyone then reacts in horror as a severed head bounces on the street (seen in a split-second shot).
  • Linda has finger-based bruises on her arm from when some men earlier grabbed her.
  • Linda finds a small, bloody animal carcass in an outdoor trashcan and many flies come forth from that when she opens the lid.
  • Bridgette accidentally runs through a closed sliding glass door, causing it to shatter as she falls through it to the outside deck. Linda races to her, and we see many bloody cuts on the girl's face, as well as blood on Linda's sweater (seen then and later).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Jim indirectly blames Linda for their daughter running through the sliding glass door (for Linda forgetting to put stickers on the door).
  • Linda discovers that her husband is having an affair with a coworker or at least is planning to do so.
  • A priest mentions a father in the past having a premonition about his sons dying from influenza, so he shot and killed them to prevent their future suffering and then killed himself (not seen).
  • Jim is on his way to have an affair with his coworker, but when she calls from the hotel (on the bed, partially clothed, but nothing explicit is seen) and says she got to the room and can't wait for him to get there, he informs her that he can't go through with their fling.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • The very young and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material might find the following more unsettling and/or suspenseful than those who don't fall into either group.
  • Linda trips on a toy in the backyard and falls backwards, landing on a dead crow. She has its blood all over her hands and rushes back inside -- leaving a bloody smear on the sliding glass door -- and washes off that blood in the sink. She then throws the bloody carcass into the trash dumpster.
  • Linda turns Bridgette around only to be horrified by various bad looking, but stitched-up cuts on the girl's face.
  • Believing he's not dead, Linda demands that Jim's casket be opened. Two men then start to pull it out of the hearse, but one end falls to the street and the lid pops open. Everyone then reacts in horror as a severed head bounces on the street (seen in a split-second shot).
  • We see a needle (filled with some sort of sedative) go into Linda's skin.
  • Various scenes feature Linda slowly walking through her house upon hearing things, and some may find them suspenseful, but we know it's her husband who she's going to find (based on that happening several times -- thus it isn't as unsettling as presumably intended).
  • Linda finds a small, bloody animal carcass in an outdoor trashcan and many flies come forth from that when she opens the lid.
  • Bridgette accidentally runs through a closed sliding glass door, causing it to shatter as she falls through it to the outside deck. Linda races to her, and we see many bloody cuts on the girl's face, as well as blood on Linda's sweater (seen then and later).
  • Lightning strikes a transformer, frying a crow that falls dead to the ground, and sends a sparking power wire down toward Linda and Jim who run for cover.
  • Linda races to try to save Jim from his pending accident. She gets him on the phone and tells him to stop, but then sees (from a distance behind him), that he's at the point of his accident that previously killed him. She then pleads for him to turn around, so he does, but is nearly hit by a passing car. After he bends down to pick up his dropped phone, she and then he sees a tractor-trailer bearing down on him from behind, but his car is stalled. She runs from her vehicle toward him, but it's too late as the truck jackknifes and then slides into and covers his vehicle, trapping and dragging it beneath the trailer part (crushing the top). Both then explode in front of Linda (she's unharmed).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • None.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Something is seriously f*cked up with this situation."
  • JUMP SCENES
  • With her mind elsewhere, Linda drives through a stop sign or stoplight, with a car nearly hitting her (blowing its horn in passing).
  • Linda turns Bridgette around only to be horrified by various bad looking, but stitched-up cuts on the girl's face.
  • Linda finds a small, bloody animal carcass in an outdoor trashcan and many flies come forth from that when she opens the lid (and suddenly sees that sight).
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of suspenseful and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 "f" word, 6 "s" words, 2 damns, 5 uses of "Oh my God" and 1 use each of "Christ," "God," "Jesus" and possibly "G-damn."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • When Jim shows Linda the new house he's bought them, she jokingly says, "I thought you only loved me for my body" and he replies, "I do love you for your body."
  • We slightly see the shape of Linda's nipples under her tank-top.
  • We see Linda in the shower and as the camera starts to pan down her body (shoulders and top of chest), she turns and thus we see her bare back (nothing explicit is seen).
  • We see Linda's bare shoulders as she showers.
  • We see Linda in just a man's dress shirt.
  • We see the shape of Linda's nipples under her top as she slowly approaches the bathroom upon hearing the shower running. She then pulls back the curtain to reveal Jim showering there (she thought perhaps he was dead and is thus relieved to see him). He's nude but we don't see anything, and she then joins him in the running shower, clothed, and hugs him from behind (in a nonsexual fashion).
  • Jim's coworker shows a little cleavage.
  • Linda shows a little cleavage.
  • We again slightly see the shape of Linda's nipples from under her clothing.
  • Desperate to keep Jim from straying, Linda stands in front of him (clothed), removes his shoe, hugs, and then passionately kisses him. Sex is implied as we later see them in bed, with her head on his bare chest (we see her bare shoulders, but that's it).
  • Jim is on his way to have an affair with his coworker, but when she calls from the hotel (on the bed, partially clothed, but nothing explicit is seen) and says she got to the room and can't wait for him to get there, he informs her that he can't go through with their fling.
  • SMOKING
  • Linda smokes once and has a lit cigarette in her hand in another scene.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A sheriff gives Linda the bad news that her husband was killed in a car accident the day before. She then tells her daughters, but in an indirect way (thus all grieve all day and thereafter, at least in scenes where he's dead).
  • Joanne briefly starts to talk to Linda about when she (Joanne) lost her husband (Linda's father).
  • Believing he's not dead, Linda demands that Jim's casket be opened. Two men then start to pull it out of the hearse, but one end falls to the street and the lid pops open. Everyone then reacts in horror as a severed head bounces on the street (seen in a split-second shot).
  • Linda and her family attend Jim's funeral.
  • Linda's daughters and mother see Dr. Roth and his men grab Linda to have her committed (she struggles and the scene is disturbing to the kids).
  • Jim indirectly blames Linda for their daughter running through the sliding glass door (for Linda forgetting to put stickers on the door).
  • Jim says that a trip he's taking could be good for him and Linda as it would give them some time apart.
  • Linda discovers that her husband is having an affair with a coworker or at least is planning to do so.
  • Linda refers to Jim as her roommate (meaning there's no love there).
  • A miscellaneous older man mentions being divorced.
  • Linda tells Jim that she misses them and "I miss us."
  • Linda races to try to save Jim from his pending accident, but then sees the truck hit and drag his car before both explode.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Premonitions.
  • Losing a loved one.
  • Affairs.
  • Lithium.
  • Linda asking that if she lets Jim die (knowing, days ahead of time, that he will if her past experiences are correct), if that's the same as killing him.
  • A priest mentions a father in the past having a premonition about his sons dying from influenza, so he shot and killed them to prevent their future suffering and then killed himself (not seen).
  • The comment that it's never too late to realize what's important in your life.
  • VIOLENCE
  • Linda slaps Dr. Roth, but other men grab Linda in her house (to commit her -- we later see her bound to a bench in an institute).
  • Bridgette accidentally runs through a closed sliding glass door, causing it to shatter as she falls through it to the outside deck. Linda races to her, and we see many bloody cuts on the girl's face, as well as blood on Linda's sweater (seen then and later).
  • A priest mentions a father in the past having a premonition about his sons dying from influenza, so he shot and killed them to prevent their future suffering and then killed himself (not seen).
  • There's a brief flash image of a car accident.
  • Lightning strikes a transformer, frying a crow that falls dead to the ground, and sends a sparking power wire down toward Linda and Jim who run for cover.
  • A truck jackknifes and then slides into and covers a car, trapping and dragging it beneath the trailer part (crushing the top). Both then explode.



  • Reviewed March 13, 2007 / Posted March 16, 2007

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