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Vacancy

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Source: Catholic News Service

Scary but ultimately distasteful film about a bickering, estranged couple (Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale, both good) who discover they're the only guests in a dilapidated motel after their car breaks down, and soon realize they're being set up for slaughter and must plot their escape. Director Nimrod Antel skillfully generates an appropriately queasy mood, and there are plenty of jolts, but the creepy, voyeuristic aspects of Norman Bates-like proprietor (Frank Whaley), some gruesome violence including disturbing videos of prior victims, and nonstop expletives (not all uttered under extreme duress) push an otherwise effective thriller into the offensive category. Brief but brutal violence, excessive rough language and profanity, fleeting partial nudity, voyeurism and sadism. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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