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"ANTLERS"
(2021) (Keri Russell, Jeremy T. Thomas) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

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


QUICK TAKE:
Horror: A middle school teacher becomes concerned about one of her troubled students, unaware that he's keeping something dangerous locked in his attic.
PLOT:

Julia Meadows (KERI RUSSELL) is a teacher from California who's now returned to her childhood hometown in Oregon. She's working at the local middle school, and is temporarily living with her brother, Paul (JESSE PLEMONS), the local sheriff of the town where the closed mine has led to increased drug use and addiction.

Of her students, Julia is most concerned about Lucas Weaver (JEREMY T. THOMAS), and not because he's bullied by the likes of Clint Owens (CODY DAVIS). Instead, it's that he appears to be showing clear signs of emotional trauma at home where he lives with his father, Frank (SCOTT HAZE), and younger son, Aiden (SAWYER JONES), although few have seen either of the last two of recent.

Lucas' violent drawings indicate something is amiss, so after hearing Julia's concerns, Principal Ellen Booth (AMY MADIGAN) decides to make a house visit. But that turns out to be a bad idea as something monstrous is locked in the attic, with Lucas bringing it whatever meat he can find. With Julia's concerns mounting, she, Paul, and others are in for an unpleasant surprise when they eventually learn what's locked away in that house.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're into R-rated, monster-based horror films.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For violence including gruesome images, and for language.


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