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Eight-year-old Jenny (Violet McGraw, The Haunting of Hill House) leads a lonely but imaginative life, surrounded by puppets based on the works of her artist father (Rupert Friend, Homeland). But when her mother (Mamie Gummer, True Detective) is tragically killed in a hit-and-run and her grandfather (Brian Cox, Succession) sues for custody, the puppets and other frightening characters suddenly start coming to life. At first, Jenny is the only person who believes they're real, putting everyone's lives in danger.
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Critics Consensus: A lifeless divorce drama cosplaying as a horror film, Separation is a disjointed mess that fails to escape its formulaic trappings.
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Common Sense Says
Dull, familiar horror movie about divorce and death.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Separation is a horror movie about a father and daughter who are dealing with divorce and then the death of their wife/mother. After she's gone, a malevolent force arrives. A child is in peril, a character is hit by a car (blood puddle shown), a chunk of broken glass is wielded like a knife (with a bloody trickle), a character is hit in the back of the head with a light fixture, another character is thrown down stairs, and a monster grabs someone's throat and tries to crush a person with tightening bedsheets. There's a lot of creepy imagery and artwork on display, as well as nightmare scenes and scary noises. Language includes sporadic uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," and more. There's brief flirting and kissing, and a character takes the hallucinogenic drug ayahuasca to help fight the monster (he drinks it as a tea). Whiskies are poured but not consumed.
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- Genre:Horror, Thriller
- Release Date:April 30, 2021
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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