A Monster Calls parents guide

A Monster Calls

Real life can be more frightening than imaginary monsters.

Overall B+

There are scary things happening in the life of Connor (Lewis McDougall). He's bullied at school, emotionally isolated at home and afraid his sick mother (Felicity Jones) might be dying. And that is when a monster calls. The enormous tree-like creature (voiced by Liam Neeson) offers the support the young boy needs to face his inner demons.

Release date January 6, 2017

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

Why is A Monster Calls rated PG-13? The MPAA rated A Monster Calls PG-13 for thematic content and some scary images.

Run Time: 108 minutes

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Why is A Monster Calls rated PG-13? A Monster Calls is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic content and some scary images.

Violence: Throughout the movie, characters are dealing with the possibility of the death of a loved one, which causes great stress, grief and sorrow. A child has recurring nightmares about an earthquake in a cemetery and his mother falling into a pit.Bullies tease, threaten and physically hurt a schoolmate. A boy beats another (not shown on screen) and the resulting injuries are serious enough to require treatment at a hospital. Footage from an old movie shows a monster fighting with people. Adult characters argue with one another. Vandalism and property destruction occur. In a fantasy setting, a large tree comes to life and talks to a small, frightened boy. Animated sequences depict characters with swords fighting monsters, murders (some blood shown), mentions of suicide and vengeful behavior. A worried character drives recklessly.

Sexual Content: A sick woman’s bare back is seen when caregivers help her bathe and dress. Divorce and remarriage are discussed.

Profanity: Infrequent mild profanities and terms of deity are used.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Social drinking is seen. Prescription drugs and old fashioned remedies are mentioned. A woman suffering from cancer receives various medical treatments, and suffers side effects such as weakness and hair loss.

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A Monster Calls
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence, May Frighten Young Children.
Alberta PG Frightening Scenes, Mature Subject Matter.
Manitoba PG Frightening Scenes, Not Recommended for YoungChildren.
Ontario PG Violence, Not Recommended for Young Children, Some Scary Scenes.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes PG
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News About "A Monster Calls"

Cast and Crew

A Monster Calls is directed by J.A. Bayona and stars Lewis McDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson .

A Monster Calls is based on a children’s novel written by Patrick Ness. He also penned the movie's screenplay. Ness’s story idea came from Siobhan Dowd, an activist and author who was diagnosed with cancer, and died before this project could be completed.

Home Video

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Other movies depict trees that can walk and talk. Guardians of the Galaxy and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. (Liam Neeson voices a CGI character in the Narnia franchise too.) Coming to terms with the death of a loved one is also the theme of the film Shadowlands (which is a biography of C.S. Lewis – author of the Narnia books.)

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