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One Missed Call


Source: Catholic News Service

By-the-numbers (literally) remake of the 2003 Japanese film "Chakushin Ari," without either the satire or the gore of the original, involving an evil spirit that leaves messages for its victims on their cell phones. Director Eric Valette and screenwriter Andrew Klavan transfer the action to an American college town, where plucky coed Shannyn Sossamon and inept police detective Edward Burns try to figure out why ring tones are becoming death knells. Rough and profane language, a half-dozen deaths involving varying degrees of violence, scenes of intense terror, an instance of nonexplicit mother-daughter child abuse, another instance of a little girl physically abusing her sister, a couple of gory corpses, and a sacrilegious image of a leering crucifix during an attempted exorcism by a nondenominational evangelist. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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