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Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2011

Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Like an idiot, I came to this movie hoping that director Catherine Hardwicke—who made her debut with the controversial bad-girl drama Thirteen (2003)—might engage in a feminist interrogation of the old fairy tale, just as French filmmaker Catherine Breillat has with Bluebeard (2009) and The Sleeping Beauty (2010). Instead this is a muddle-headed horror flick, set in a medieval village, that beefs up the five-minute children's story with 95 minutes of werewolf tropes, plot convolutions, and heavy-breathing teen romance along the lines of Hardwicke's last outing, Twilight. Amanda Seyfried is the title character, Julie Christie is her grandmother, and Gary Oldman struts around as a crusading priest, knowing full well that many viewers will be grateful to him just for showing up. With Virginia Madsen and Lukas Haas.
Official Site: redridinghood.warnerbros.com
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
Producer: Jennifer Killoran, Leonardo DiCaprio, Julie Yorn, Jim Rowe, Michael Ireland and Catherine Hardwicke
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Virginia Madsen, Lukas Haas, Julie Christie, Shauna Kain, Michael Hogan, Adrian Holmes, Cole Heppell, Christine Willes, Michael Shanks, Kacey Rohl, Carmen Lavigne, Don Thompson, Matt Ward, Megan Charpentier and DJ Greenburg

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