George Kraychyk
Annabel (Jessica Chastain) tries to protect Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse) and Victoria (Megan Charpentier) in "Mama."

Violence: Much of the film deals with how the character Mama handles people and her jealous rage. She does not like other people touching or interacting with "her" children. There are attacks and death.

Paranormal: The afterlife plays a large part in this story. Scary images appear on walls, and there are living things coming out of the walls.

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Drinking/sensuality: Annabelle (Jessica Chastain) lives the life of a bass player in a rock band before she must take care of two girls. This life includes having a beer every now and again. She is never drunk in the film. She and Luke (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) are in bed twice, but no clothes are removed.

"Mama" is not as scary as the trailer makes it out to be. There are moments of fear, usually due to some surprise on the screen, but there are also times the film is predictable and formulaic. Some touching moments are found in this story, which makes it much more enjoyable. "Mama" is rated appropriately, but not everyone 13 years old should see this film.

Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer.