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Family Movie Review: Vampire Academy (PG-13)

VampireAcademy ChesapeakeFamilyMovieReviewRating (out of 5): whole-popcorn-kernal

MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 104 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 13+. The movie is about a boarding school for vampires, so there is the typical high-school drama, including catty bullying (girls calling each other “whores,” etc.), relationship drama, and self-harm practiced by one of the protagonists. Lots of sexual tension and an almost-sex scene between a teenage girl and an older man, plus the typical vampires-biting-people-and-drinking-blood violence. This was a young adult series at first, so if you allowed your child to read the books, seeing the movie should be acceptable, too.

‘Vampire Academy’ is yet another cheerless slog through the supernatural world, yet again filtered through a young adult lens. But even the director of ‘Mean Girls’ and the writer of ‘Heathers’ can’t make this overly convoluted, silly material any good.

By Roxana Hadadi

Too many of Hollywood’s recent adaptations of supernatural-focused young-adult novels have failed in making these stories attractive to a mainstream audience, and “Vampire Academy” is no different. Perhaps this film won’t flop as hard as last year’s “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” but “Vampire Academy” is just as silly, stupid, and bound to be forgotten.

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