Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 98 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. Lots of creepy stuff here—dark and shadowy rooms, the implied presence of ghosts, loud noises, creaky doors, an old house, a seemingly crazy old lady—but only a few gory things, like ghosts and corpses, a girl who is forced to sew her lips shut with dental floss, and a character drowning. None of it is so grotesque that it’s unforgettable, though; this movie really sticks within its PG-13 rating. Also some cursing and teenage relationships.
The board game-based ‘Ouija’ wants to deliver major scares despite a PG-13 rating, but the desire doesn’t pay off. The narrative is silly and contrived, and you’ve seen all these twists and scares before.
By Roxana Hadadi
When you’re making a movie about a board game, theoretically as a way to increase interest in and attention to said board game, wouldn’t you not want to make it seem like the audience will die after playing with it? The last time toy company Hasbro allowed a film to be made about its board games, the result was “Battleship,” which only tangentially related to the product, wasn’t a totally terrible film, and flopped at the box office. This time with “Ouija,” the result is far worse—a movie that simultaneously tries to present the game as mythically powerful and potentially murderous. What … fun?