Parents' Guide to

Sick Girl

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Partying, language, lying in comedy about female friendship.

Movie R 2023 98 minutes
Sick Girl Movie Poster: Wren (Nina Dobrev) looks disheveled while taking a mugshot photo, holding up a sign that reads: "It's just one little lie. What could go wrong?"

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First-time writer-director Jennifer Cram starts out by building a castle of debauchery but bulldozes it quickly into desperation: What wouldn't we do to keep our best-friends-forever friendships as close and fun as they were in our school days? In Wren's case, she takes it too far, to a place that's so wrong, it's actually extremely insensitive.

Lying about cancer may be too much for some viewers, except for one thing: The central quartet of friends is hilarious together. Cram's day job is in casting, and she proves her mettle, as this cast sings. The four friends are so funny and play off each other so perfectly that they rival the iconic gal pals from Sex and the City and Girls. The film never suggests that Wren's lie isn't the lowest of the low, but compassion rides high, and Sick Girl's ultimate message about what friendship really means is lovely.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 20, 2023
  • On DVD or streaming: October 20, 2023
  • Cast: Nina Dobrev , Sherry Cola , Brandon Mychal Smith
  • Director: Jennifer Cram
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Bisexual actors, Queer actors, Asian actors, Black actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • Run time: 98 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, some sexual references and drug use
  • Last updated: November 26, 2023

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