Picture from Disturbia
Overall C-

The death of his father and some anger management issues are the reasons behind Kale's (Shia LaBeouf) house arrest. But as the pent-up teen tries to relieve his boredom by staring out the windows and spying on the neighbors, he becomes convinced one of them is a murder. Are his suspicions correct, or just another symptom of his emotional instability?

Violence D+
Sexual Content C
Profanity C-
Substance Use A-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of terror and violence, and some sensuality.

Talk to your kids about…


Why does his father’s death have such an impact on Kale? How might he have been helped? What effect does the accident have on his relationship with his mother? Would we feel as sympathetic toward our “hero” (Kale) if his father hadn’t been killed?

What causes Kale to become suspicious of Mr. Turner? Is it natural to suspect the worst in others? Can isolation play a part in the development of paranoia and fear? How?

What effect does his punishment have on Kale’s attitude? Does it change by the end of the film? In what ways is this a “kid-power” movie? How are adults portrayed?