The movie is about a 14-year-old girl who was murdered, and might be too disturbing for children, even teens.
Needless to say, George Harvey (the murderer) is a very creepy character. If younger children are watching this movie, it may be helpful to discuss how actor Stanley Tucci, who played the part, is actually a gentle and caring man in real life. He was reluctant to accept the role because he doesn't like hearing about serial killers and children being harmed. While filming intense scenes with teenage actress Saoirse Ronan, Tucci would often ask if she was all right, and he showed a lot of concern for her. This might put things in perspective a little more if children are afraid of his character.
A murderer lures a teenage girl into a hole underground, which is built like a special fort for kids. He quickly makes her uncomfortable as it becomes increasingly obvious that he is going to hurt her.
Susie's parents are distraught when they learn that their daughter was most likely murdered. They are seen crying uncontrollably in some scenes.
When Susie's father has an emotional breakdown in the middle of the night, after her murder, the mother is lying next to their young son upstairs, who is sound asleep. She covers his ears and appears to be near tears herself.
Susie's afterlife is a combination of certain elements from heaven and Earth. It is described as not being Earth, but not quite being heaven either, so Susie determines that it's a little of both. There are some frightening scenes where she is running around, scared and alone, sometimes in the dark, pouring rain and thunder. In another scene, Susie is calling out to someone, but she keeps sinking farther and farther down in a pool of water, until she is close to drowning. These scenes can be pretty unsettling to watch.
When Susie's younger brother (about 7 years old) asks where she is, his grandmother tells her she's in heaven. When the boy says that his other sister doesn't believe in heaven, the grandmother says "Okay, then she's dead." Depending on the individual viewer, this can be upsetting.
A teenager enters the house of her sister's killer, attempting to find evidence. The killer eventually realizes that someone is in his home, leading to a very intense scene. The girl does end up getting away by opening a window, literally rolling off the roof of the house, and landing in the grass on her back. She coughs and struggles for a moment, but then she gets up and runs, with the killer chasing her. He comes very close to grabbing her, but she ultimately gets away.
Ruth collapses onto a bed and faints after seeing Susie (who is already dead) moving toward her, through a window. As Ray tries to waken her, she opens her eyes, and Ray realizes that Susie has literally entered Ruth's body, and she asks him to kiss her, which she does. It can be considered a creepy moment to some viewers.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language.
UK - Rated 12 for Child murder theme, disturbing scenes and moderate violence.
Too intense for children under 13. 13 and up should be OK depending on the maturity.