The Stepfather

The Stepfather
The Stepfather
  • PG-13
  • 1h 42m
  • 2009
Rotten11%
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When Michael Harding (Penn Badgley, TV’s “Gossip Girl”) returns home from military school, he finds his mom is madly in love with her charming live-in boyfriend David (Dylan Walsh, TV’s “Nip/Tuck”). At first, David appears to be the ultimate nice guy and an ideal future husband and stepfather. But when Michael and his girlfriend (Amber Heard, Zombieland) start delving into David’s past, they begin to discover a dark and dangerous side to Michael’s new “daddy” in this riveting, chilling thriller.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten11%
Critics Consensus: This tepid remake of the 1987 cult classic lacks the tension and satirical undercurrents of the original.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

There's mayhem all over the place and not a policeman, or much logic, in sight. Watchable nonsense...

March 2, 2019
Time Out
Nigel Floyd
Rotten

Not so much a contemporary re-make of Joseph Ruben's 1987 psychological thriller as a lobotomised...

June 22, 2017
Times (UK)
Kevin Maher
Fresh

If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The St...

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Fresh

It's all very silly, but effective popcorn entertainment.

March 2, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Horror remake has more tension than blood.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this thriller/horror remake of 1987's The Stepfather has plenty of tension, scares, and violence, though most of it is relatively bloodless. Three murders take place on screen (as well as fighting, attacks, etc.), and several other dead bodies are shown. Characters talk a lot about how families move on after divorce and loss, and there's some sensuality (a lot of kissing and skimpy swimsuits), underage drinking, and salty language. A supporting character is in a committed same-sex relationship. Also, this review is for the rated, theatrical version. There are unrated versions available.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Thriller, Horror
  • Release Date:October 15, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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