Family-Faith Film Review: Let Me In

Family-Faith Review: Let Me In
Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

This macabre yet strangely moving twist on vampire lore, set in 1983, sees a bullied, lonely New Mexico preteen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) developing a friendly crush on a new neighbor (Chloe Grace Moretz), but gradually discovering that she is not exactly your average girl-next-door and that the guardian he takes to be her father (Richard Jenkins) is connected to a spate of recent murders. Writer-director Matt Reeves’ screen version of Swedish novelist John Ajvide Lindqvist’s best-seller “Let The Right One In” — preceded by a 2008 Swedish film adaptation — is not a work to be easily dismissed, given its serious treatment of themes like isolation and the psychological roots of violence. But in revealing the dark identity behind its young heroine’s appealing facade, this unlikely tale of first love becomes, at times, far too gruesome for endorsement. Much gory violence, a scene of voyeurism with brief graphic sexual activity and fleeting upper female nudity, about a half-dozen uses of profanity, some rough and a few crude and crass terms. O — morally offensive. (R) 2010

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