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Still shot from the movie: The Messengers.

The Messengers

Life on a North Dakota sunflower farm turns out to be anything but serene and peaceful for the Solomon family when teenaged Jess (Kristen Stewart) and her little brother (Evan and Theodore Turner) begin seeing ominous apparitions--that appear to be invisible to adults. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Run Time: 90
Theater Release: 01 Feb 2007
Video Release: 04 Jun 2007
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.

Because of a past incident, Jess and her parents have some communication issues. How does this factor emphasize her sense of isolation when she begins to see things at the farmhouse? How can trust be reestablished once it has been broken?

What formulaic things does the director use to set up the horror scenario? Why is a remote location often a factor in this kind of film? Could this same thing happen as effectively in the middle of a big city?

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