“Child’s Play” (Orion)
By Catholic News Service
This remake of the 1988 film about a toy doll (voice of Mark Hamill) run amok is a black comedy awash in sadistic violence and gore, directed Lars Klevberg.
A single mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives her lonely son (Gabriel Bateman) an artificial-intelligence doll as a companion. Unbeknownst to her, this doll was sabotaged in the factory, and responds to negative energy when its owner is upset or threatened. A murderous rampage ensues, starting with the family cat.
Gratuitous bloody violence and gore, sexual banter, partial nudity, frequent crude and profane language, and one obscene gesture. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.