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The Gift

MPAA Rating: R for violence, language, and sexuality/nudity
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Moviemaking Quality:
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Horror Mystery Drama
Length:
1 hr. 52 min.
Year of Release:
2000
USA Release:
January 19, 2001
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Poster art for “The Gift”

supposed extrasensory perception

Featuring: Cate Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi, Greg Kinnear, Hilary Swank, Katie Holmes
Director: Sam Raimi
Producer: Lakeshore Entertainment
Alphaville Films
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Distributor: Paramount Classics

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: Set in rural Georgia, director Sam Raimi’s THE GIFT is the story of Annie Wilson (Cate Blanchett), a widowed psychic with three young sons. To make money, she offers psychic readings to people in the town where she lives, but the more conservative members of the community dislike her because of it. Things only get worse when Annie begins having visions about the darker sides of her neighbors’ lives and a local woman is murdered.


Viewer Comments
The writing credits for this movie go to well-known actor, director, and producer Billy Bob Thorton. The Director of this film was the “Evil Deads”, Sam Raimi. They did a poor job. The story line was predictable and the directing was very simple (Moviemaking Quality 1). THE ACTING HOLDS THIS FILM TOGETHER, IT IS INCREDIBLE! The cast in this film is; Cate Blanchett (“The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Lord of the Rings”), Katie Holmes (“Wonderboys,” “Dawson’s Creek”), Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix”), Giovanni Ribisi (“Gone in 60 seconds,” “Saving Private Ryan”), Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets”), and Hilary Swank (“Boys don’t Cry”). This film is only incredible because of the acting. Their performance should not be overlooked. This film says unspeakable things about our culture like; it is fine to be a Christian and be a physic or visit. This movie must be watched with a critic’s eye as Christian’s evaluation the message it presents. The Gift contained a numerous amount of offensive material. This film contains nudity/sexual content, language, violence, and graphic scenes of death.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 1]
—Jeremy Sarver, age 22
This movie was very contradictory. I mean here is this woman who has visions and converses with dead people, and yet she goes to church often. The Bible speaks against communication with the dead. There are several scenes of nudity including a dead woman. There is also a lot of blood and a scene of burning bodies which are gross. Add that to the strong cussing and you’ve got an objectionable movie.
My Ratings: [Very Offensive / 3]
—K.E, age 13
Movie Critics
…DISCUSSION TOPICS—Tarot cards, psychic abilities, domestic abuse/violence, homicide…
—Kids-in-Mind
…Violence consists of [a] woman’s death, domestic abuse (wife beating), brief psychic visions/dreams of violence, [etc.]…
—ScreenIt!

…breast nudity and one sexually suggestive scene also includes nudity…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review