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(2019) (James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain) (R)
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- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A small group of people return to their hometown to battle an evil entity that they thought they vanquished decades ago as kids.
- Back in 1989 in the small town of Derry, Maine, a group of kids known as the Loser Club banded together to fight off an evil entity that appeared in the guise of a creepy clown known as Pennywise (BILL SKARSGÅRD) and was responsible for the disappearance of kids there, something that seemed to happen in a cycle of every twenty-seven years.
Having succeeded in driving it back underground, Bill Denbrough (JAEDEN MARTELL), a 13-year-old whose younger brother, Georgie, was one of the clown's victim; Stanley Uris (WYATT OLEFF) who had long been freaked out by an eerie figure in a painting in his rabbi father's office; motormouth Richie Tozier (FINN WOLFHARD); asthmatic hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak (JACK DYLAN GRAZER); new kid in town Ben Hanscom (JEREMY RAY TAYLOR) who's tormented for being chubby; homeschooled orphan Mike Hanlon (CHOSEN JACOBS); and tomboy Beverly Marsh (SOPHIA LILLIS), who had to contend with a sexually abusive father at home, all agreed to reunite anytime in the future should It reappear.
Now twenty-seven years later, Mike (ISAIAH MUSTAFA) is the only one left in Derry, and when he realizes Pennywise has resurfaced, he calls his childhood friends for help. Beverly (JESSICA CHASTAIN) is happy to return, what with being in an abusive marriage, while Bill (JAMES McAVOY) is now a successful author turned screenwriter. Richie (BILL HADER) is a stand-up comedian, while Ben (JAY RYAN) is now a trim architect and Eddie (JAMES RANSONE) is a risk analyst.
The only one not to return is Stanley (ANDY BEAN) who, upon receiving the call, decides to kill himself. With their memories of the past hazy, the others aren't sure why they're back, but once there they end up having to face their individual and collective pasts, a former bully tormentor, Henry Bowers (TEACH GRANT), who's escaped from a psychiatric hospital, and, of course, Pennywise the clown.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- They probably will if they're fans of the original "It" movie from 2017 or Stephen King's source novel.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material.
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