(2017) (Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgard) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A small group of young teenagers must contend with an assortment of horrors as they try to figure out who or what is responsible for the disappearance of kids in their small town.
- It's 1989 and school has just let out for the summer in the small town of Derry, Maine, although that doesn't necessarily mean the younger teens will get a break from a small band of bullies led by Henry Bowers (NICHOLAS HAMILTON) and Patrick Hockstetter (OWEN TEAGUE). Among those often targeted is Bill Denbrough (JAEDEN LIEBERHER), a 13-year-old whose younger brother, Georgie, disappeared eight months earlier, with no one having seen the boy being attacked by a creepy clown, Pennywise (BILL SKARSGÅRD), from a storm sewer during a rainstorm.
The bullies target Bill due to him having a stutter and being part of a Losers Club that also consists of Stanley Uris (WYATT OLEFF) who's long been freaked out by an eerie figure in a painting in his rabbi father's office; motor mouth Richie Tozier (FINN WOLFHARD) and asthmatic hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak (JACK DYLAN GRAZER) whose mother has him on all sorts of medication. Soon joining them is the new kid in town, Ben Hanscom (JEREMY RAY TAYLOR), who's tormented for being chubby, and Mike Hanlon (CHOSEN JACOBS) for being a homeschooled orphan. The only girl in the group is young teen Beverly Marsh (SOPHIA LILLIS) who must not only contend with a female bully at school, but also a sexually abusive father at home.
With school out, Bill is determined to return to his investigation into his brother's disappearance, something fueled by history buff Ben discovering that tragic events and the disappearance of kids in Derry seem to come in cycles of every twenty-seven years. As they and their friends try to get to the bottom of that, not only must they contend with the repeated bullying by Henry, Patrick, and the others, but also creepy and supernatural occurrences that increase in frequency and usually involve frightening appearances by Pennywise the clown.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into horror films or are fans of Stephen King or anyone in the cast, they probably will.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence/horror, bloody images, and for language.
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