Netflix’s latest Stephen King adaptation hits the streamer today, following a young boy named Craig who befriends an older gentleman in his neighborhood. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is based on the novella of the same name from King’s 2020 collection If It Bleeds. The film joins three other Netflix Originals based on King’s works: Gerald’s Game, In the Tall Grass, and 1922.
IT actor Jaeden Martell stars as Craig alongside acclaimed actor Donald Sutherland as Mr. Harrigan. Other cast members include The Sandman‘s Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mare of Easttown‘s Joe Tippett, and 8-Bit Christmas‘ Cyrus Arnold. Though Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is not straight-up horror, it certainly brings the creepy vibes you might be looking for this Halloween season.
When Craig gifts Mr. Harrigan a cell phone, the older man becomes consumed by all of its functions. After Harrigan’s death, Craig leaves his phone in the casket for him to be buried with, but when he starts receiving texts from the number, Craig becomes suspicious that the phone could somehow be haunted. It’s a spooky premise, for sure. So let’s get into what ages can watch the movie.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone age rating
The official age rating for Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is PG-13, meaning anyone aged 13 or older is suitable to watch without a parent present. According to IMDb, the movie has this rating because of “thematic material, some strong language, violent content and brief drug material.”
The film deals with trauma and death, as Craig loses Mr. Harrigan as he’s still grieving the loss of his mother. There’s also bullying, with a student picking on Craig at school. He gets pretty badly beaten up in one scene, but it’s not gory or graphically violent.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone might be frightening for younger audiences, as there are other deaths throughout the film that seemingly occur because of a haunted phone. This concept alone might scare a child, but should be fine for pre-teens and teenagers. If anything, the movie might be considered more sad than scary as Craig deals with a lot of loss.
In my opinion, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is appropriate for pre-teens or anyone older, but as a parent, it’s up to you to decide. It is one of the tamer new releases on Netflix for Halloween, but it still might not be the right fit for your child.
If you want to check it out for yourself first, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is now streaming on Netflix. And if you’re looking for more Halloween titles for similar ages, make sure to watch The School of Good and Evil — with a PG-13 rating — when it comes to Netflix on Oct. 21, 2022.