Story

Vampire Academy is a romantic comedy based on a series of novels. Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) is a mortal vampire princess who lives in constant fear of the Strigoi, dangerous and fierce vampires who want to kill as many Moroi people as they can. Lissa’s best friend, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), is one of the Dhampir, a very powerful mix of vampire and human who guard the Moroi.

After being on the run for two years living secretly among humans, Rose and Lissa are finally tracked down and sent to St Vladimir’s Academy. Here Rose trains and hones her fighting skills under the guidance of her Russian mentor Dimitri (Danila Kozlovsky). Rose wants to graduate formally as a guardian and become Lissa’s protector. Lissa learns why she must assume her rightful place among the royalty of her species, gradually coming to understand the unbreakable bond she shares with the magic of the earth.

Rose can’t shake off her anxiety about the imminent darkness that looms over St Vladimir’s. She fears that the Strigoi will attack at any moment and take away the people she loves. Together, Rose and Lissa try to survive in this dangerous world and prepare themselves for an impending fight that threatens everything they know and love. 

Themes

Good versus evil; the supernatural; personal growth

Violence

Vampire Academy has quite a lot of violence. For example:

  • There are many battles where characters use guns and knives, and get shot and stabbed. People get kicked, pushed, punched and slammed into walls or fences.
  • Vampires feed on humans and drink their blood, puncturing humans’ wrists with their teeth. This often leaves blood on the vampires’ faces. Humans get hurt or killed.
  • Characters have their bones broken, and there is an audible crack when an individual’s leg is broken and another snapping sound when someone’s neck is broken.
  • Several animals are killed and left bloodied. One scene shows a dead fox. Another features a dead cat found in a school backpack.
  • Several dream and flashback scenes show a violent car crash, where two cars crash head on. The scene shows dead bodies inside the car.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Vampire Academy has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example, children in this age group will be frightened by the supernatural elements and vampire themes in the movie – vampires drinking human blood, characters changing physical shape and vampires showing sharp teeth. 

From 5-8

Children in this age group might also be frightened by the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above. 

From 8-13

Some children in this age group might also be frightened by the violent scenes mentioned above. 

Over 13

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this movie. 

Sexual references

Vampire Academy has some sexual references. For example:

  • The female characters often wear tight-fitting, low-cut, revealing and sexually suggestive clothes.
  • Characters often talk about sex and losing their virginity.
  • Rose tells three teenage boys to stop talking about her bottom. The boys reply that they’ll talk about her breasts instead.
  • Rose and Lissa discuss how it would be much nicer to dream about ‘hot naked guys on unicorns’ than to have nightmares.
  • Rose discusses having a crush on her mentor Dimitri, calling him ‘sexy’.
  • Rose and Dimitri flirt quite a lot. Dimitri tackles Rose to the ground at one point and suggestively asks whether she has ‘any other moves to show’ him. 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

Vampire Academy shows some use of substances. For example:

  • A woman is stabbed in the buttocks with a hypodermic needle containing a sedative substance. She immediately collapses into a chair.
  • Vampires drink blood from wine glasses at various points. 

Nudity and sexual activity

Vampire Academy has some nudity and sexual activity. For example, Rose and Dimitri kiss passionately. She takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest and abdomen), while he removes her dress (she is in a bra and underwear). They keep kissing while lying down on a bed. They don’t have sex in the end. 

Product placement

There is no product of placement of concern in Vampire Academy.

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in Vampire Academy

Ideas to discuss with your children

Vampire Academy is a romantic movie with fantasy and supernatural themes.

The movie highlights true friendship, protection and loyalty, as well as the importance of forgiving misguided people who mean well. The movie also emphasises issues relevant to teenagers, such as sexuality and romance. It shows that these issues can be complex and looks at the often multifaceted nature of peoples’ motivations and relationships.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:

  • being kind and compassionate to other people
  • letting go of the past and forgiving people for mistakes
  • recognising the cultural and spiritual dimensions of existence.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues such as:

  • mental illness, depression and self-harm – the movie explores these issues and their consequences
  • sexual relationships, virginity and the difficulties that can be caused by age differences in relationships.