Moxie

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Sexual themes, language in feel-good feminist teen tale.

PG-13 2021 111 minutes

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age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 49 reviews

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age 12+

Amazing!

Moxie is probably one of the best feminist movies I've watched. The plot revolves around Vivian, who stands up to sexism at her high school, helping girls be heard and stand up to harassment. Of course, because of the themes, this movie is strictly PG-13. There is a lot of swearing, some drinking, and romance that parents of younger kids might be hesitant about. I rated this movie 12+, because I think that everyone should watch this - and not just high school girls. It's important to learn about these kinds of things so when you have to deal with them, you know how to. In the end, I give this movie 5/5 in positive messages, and defiantly 5/5 for positive role models.

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age 14+
The feminist critique of the gender dynamics in a co-ed high school was powerful, and the empowerment of the students who wanted to change things was inspiring. It wasn't very nuanced, but appropriately didactic for the intended audience. The antagonist, the bullying captain of the football team, was portrayed within the school community as a hero and as harmless "if you just keep your head down" - and his bullying and aggression were being minimised by staff and students. Lucy spoke up that he is not harmless, he is dangerous, which played out to be the truth. It gives a perfect way to discuss how behaviours like this can escalate when they are consistently got away with. The strong diverse cast was inspiring. The lead character, Vivian, didn't always get it right and made some stupid mistakes in her attempt to make change. I recommended 14+ as the car scene is not just kissing, it's an intensely emotional make out session in the back seat of the car and there are references in the scene as well as later scenes to them having sex. My 13 year old doesn't like this sort of content and neither do their friends. Vivian also came home drunk - drinking in response to a bad situation and vomiting. There is a lot of language that is used to sexualise and demean women, including in the football team's list that they publish online, where they judge the bodies and sexual availability of the female identifying students (most bangable, best [email protected], best rack,...) Much of this is not language or attitudes that an under 14 year old should be familiar with, and neither should they need to be.

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