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Skeleton Key

Caroline Ellis (Kate Hudson) gets more than the $1,000/week she was promised when she takes a nursing job caring for an elderly invalid. Her master key to the large isolated mansion, where her patient resides, unlocks a skeleton of paranormal proportions in this supernatural thriller. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Theater Release: 11 Aug 2005
Video Release: 14 Nov 2005
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.

  What motivates Caroline to pursue the job in the old mansion? Why is she motivated to stay even after she discovers some of the oddities in the house? Why is curiosity an important element in moving the plot forward?

Why does this particular Southern community appear to be receptive to hoodoo? What effect does it have on the more urbanized characters in the film?

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