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Still shot from the movie: When a Stranger Calls.

When a Stranger Calls

Shortly after Jill Johnson (Camilla Belle) takes up her post as babysitter in an isolated country residence, she begins receiving strange phone calls. The prank is annoying at first, but escalates to sheer terror when the police trace the line and discover it is coming from inside the house. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Theater Release: 02 Feb 2006
Video Release: 15 May 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is When a Stranger Calls Rated PG-13?


The film opens with the gruesome discovery of a multiple murder. Although nothing is shown other than bloody body bags and two dead bodies, the crime scene leaves a veteran police officer visibly disturbed. For the most part, the script relies heavily on suspense and horror techniques to carry the storyline. However, there are depictions of violent struggles. A character attempts to drown and strangle another. Alcohol is thrown on a character and then ignited by fire. A girl’s hair is forcibly pulled from her head. A character’s hand is impaled and nailed to the floor with a fire poker. Two teenagers discuss drinking alcohol to the point of being drunk. Profanities from the moderate and mild category are included.

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