Skeleton Key, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Minor but effective hokum about a hospice care worker (Kate Hudson) hired to take care of a dying man (John Hurt) in a creepy Louisiana mansion, under the eye of a suspiciously protective wife (Gena Rowlands) and a slick estate lawyer (Peter Sarsgaard), as voodoo, curses and spells abound. Director Iain Softley's throwback to a fairly old-fashioned kind of horror film is often predictable, and some of the dialogue is laughable, though the cast gets points for playing it so straight. Intense suspense, violence including a blurred recreation of a mob lynching, mild profanity, scattered crude language, recurring occult elements and brief partial nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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