The Haunting of Molly Hartley

Rating: L (PG-13)

NEW YORK (CNS) — The following is a capsule review of a movie recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Tedious horror tale about a teenage girl (Haley Bennett) trying to recover from her mother’s (Marin Hinkle) inexplicable attempt to kill her with support from her weak-willed father (Jake Weber) and some of her classmates (Chace Crawford, Shannon Marie Woodward and Shanna Collins). Though there’s relatively little violence in first-time director Mickey Liddell’s inept chiller, its twisted portrayal of evangelical Christianity and implicit denial of free will and divine providence make it entirely unsuitable for young viewers and demand careful interpretation by adults. Troubling thematic elements, underage drinking, one use of the F-word, occasional crude language and brief skimpy costuming. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. 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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