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(2019) (Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Extreme
Gun/Weapons Heavy
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Extreme
Music (Inappropriate) Extreme
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Horror: A family must contend with their evil doppelgangers unexpectedly showing up with the apparent intent of killing all of them.
PLOT:
As a young girl in the mid-1980s, Adelaide Wilson (MADISON CURRY) wandered off from her parents at night visiting the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park and entered the Vision Quest -- Find Yourself attraction by herself. But she wasn't alone as she encountered her doppelganger, an incident that left her emotionally traumatized.

Now, thirty-plus years later, Adelaide (LUPITA NYONG'O) is married to Gabe (WINSTON DUKE) and has two kids, Zora (SHAHADI WRIGHT JOSEPH) and Jason (EVAN ALEX). They're an average middle-class family who are friends and neighbors with Kitty (ELISABETH MOSS) and Josh (TIM HEIDECKER) who have two kids of their own.

For a bit of summer relaxation, Gabe suggests they visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, something that leaves Adelaide unsettled. But she agrees as long as they return before dark. They do, but that night they're startled to find four strangers standing at the end of their driveway. They're not just any strangers, however, and instead are their doppelgangers who force their way into the house and take the family hostage.

But they're not exact duplicates in terms of personalities and behavior, with Adelaide's twin speaking in a croaky voice, Gabe's being a non-verbal bear of a man, Zora's being a creepy and speedy girl, and Jason's a masked, seemingly feral boy with a thing for matches. Realizing their doppelgangers mean them harm, and with Gabe being injured by his, it's up to Adelaide to figure out how to get themselves out of this predicament and stay alive.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're into horror films they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence/terror, and language.


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