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Grudge 2, The

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Source: Catholic News Service

Sequel to the 2004 supernatural thriller about a vengeful ghost whose malice swells beyond the haunted Tokyo abode of the first film to "infect" the sister (Amber Tamblyn) of the previous movie's heroine (Sarah Michelle Gellar in cameo) and an American schoolgirl (Arielle Kebbel) studying in Japan who carries the evil "grudge" back home to Chicago where it spreads to her neighbors (including Jennifer Beals). Director Takashi Shimizu (who also directed the American and earlier Japanese originals) provides some chills, but the spooky effects are wasted on a nonsensical script that will leave those who didn't see the first installment -- and some who did -- scratching their heads, and which is made all the more confusing by its nonlinear plot. Some scary and disturbing images, horror violence, sexual situations and innuendo, as well as some scattered mildly crude expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. 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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