(2017) (Joey King, Ki Hong Lee) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A teenager is given an ancient Chinese music box that grants its owner seven wishes, but with a grisly price to pay for each.
- It's been twelve years since her mother committed suicide, and 17-year-old Clare Shannon (JOEY KING) is still affected by that loss, what with living in a rundown house with her father,
Jonathan (RYAN PHILLIPPE), who tries to make ends meet -- with the help of his friend, Carl Morris (KEVIN HANCHARD) -- going through dumpsters and discarded possessions in hopes of salvaging something of worth. That's something that embarrasses Clare and only serves as extra fodder for school bullies such as Darcie Chapman (JOSEPHINE LANGFORD) and her clique to make fun of the teen. At least she has good friends in Meredith McNeil (SYDNEY PARK) and June Acosta (SHANNON PURSER), but she realizes she has no chance of ever attracting a boy like Paul Middlebrook (MITCHELL SLAGGERT) on whom she has a secret crush.
Things change when Clare's dad gives her an ancient Chinese music box that can't be opened, but contains language on the outside about granting whoever possesses it seven wishes. Clare doesn't pay that much heed, but after a few of her offhand wishes come true, she realizes she needs more info and thus turns to classmate Ryan Hui (KI HONG LEE) and then his cousin for help in translating the other writing on the box.
Initially unbeknownst to them, however, each wish is accompanied by a "blood price" that affects someone else not directly tied to the latest wish. Once she realizes that, Clare must decide what to do, especially when her and her father's newfound happiness could be at stake.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're into horror films or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For violent and disturbing images, thematic elements and language.
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