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The Grudge

Sarah Michelle Gellar plays ghostbuster in this haunted house yarn about an evil spirit that insists on killing everyone who drops by for a visit. Filmed in Japan, Gellar's character, Kare Davis, is an American exchange student volunteering at a home care agency in return for university credit. When one of the regular nurses doesn't show up for work, Kare is asked to sub for the day. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 96
Theater Release: 22 Oct 2004
Video Release: 24 Mar 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although a Japanese director and film crew created this movie, it bears strong similarities to most American-made horror films. Do you think there are elements-like music and gruesome images-that are common to all cultures? Or are filmmakers in other countries simply imitating American cinema?

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