Super Sweet 16: The Movie

  • Review Date: July 17, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007

Common Sense Media says

Lame MTV reality spinoff feigns a conscience.
  • Review Date: July 17, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2007

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Plenty of backstabbing and snotty behavior, but it's made fun of to a degree. While a party is supposed to be for charity, the girls spend most of their time trying to one-up each other and begging Daddy for more and more money. The dads always cave in. Decent cast diversity; the best friends are African American and Caucasian.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

One kiss and some basic "you're cute" flirting in the high school halls. Pretty Ricky's song (which plays while the credits roll) is about having sex.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Bands Pretty Ricky and Hello Goodbye play at parties. A date takes place at Chili's restaurant. The girls spend most of their time spending money shopping and buying things for their parties. MTV is mentioned, and girls from the original reality show come to the central birthday party.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A caterer makes special drinks for the underaged partiers that look like -- but aren't -- alcoholic.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is less outrageous than the reality TV show My Super Sweet Sixteen thanks to a plotline in which the birthday girls discuss raising money for charity. But you can still count on plenty of scenes of girls begging their daddies to get out their checkbooks for extravagant party plans and a whole lot of backstabbing from snotty, cliquey girls you're supposed to have fun hating. There are also plenty of plugs for designer clothes and sports cars, the bands Hello Goodbye and Pretty Ricky play, two girls from the reality show come to the party, and a date takes place at Chili's restaurant. A bone is thrown to charity work, and one main character is vegan (yet eats lots of ice cream?).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

BFFs Jacquie (Regine Nehy) and Sarah (Amanda Michalka) are reunited when Jacquie transfers to Sarah's high school. But even though the friends share a birthday and want to plan their sweet 16 together, it's obvious they've grown apart when Jacquie begins spending time with Taylor (Alyson Michalka), the snottiest girl in school. When Taylor tries to stop Sarah from turning the party into a charity event, Jacquie and Sarah cancel the joint party and set out to one-up one another. When both girls have their unbelievably predictable "ah ha" moment, remember that this is still MTV. The charity kids jump out of a fire truck to applause and are promptly brushed under the red carpet when two "sweet 16s" made famous in the reality show arrive. Follow that with an elaborate party, a fashion show and models on stage, and a performance by Pretty Ricky.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This isn't a film, it's a marketing opportunity. Which should be no surprise to anyone, since it's based on a reality show that's about selling those most elusive of teen dreams: extreme popularity bordering on celebrity, the perfect party that's all about you, and your very own sports car. But since that's what you get -- along with lots and lots of bratty behavior -- from every episode, MTV decided to feign a conscience when they added a real story line.

So did MTV slap together enough intrigue to go along with their sales pitch? Barely. It just feels fake all around, with bad acting and a by-the-numbers script. Fake-vegan Sarah gets a kiss at the end from her Damon look-alike, but it'll barely keep you interested.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about setting limits. Why are they important? How does it help tweens and teens when they become adults? Teens: How often do parents give in when you beg for expensive things? Families can also discuss how the movie compares to the TV series. Are the characters here more admirable than the teens featured on the show? Why? Does the movie have a different message than the show? If so, what is it? Does this make you want to have a party of this scale? Would you be happy/content having one within your family's means?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 7, 2007
DVD release date:July 10, 2007
Cast:Alyson Michalka, Amanda Michalka, Regine Nehy
Director:Neema Barnette
Studio:MTV Films
Genre:Comedy
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Super Sweet 16: The Movie

Sexual Content (Pause): A kiss, some flirting. A featured song is about having sex.
Violence (Not an Issue): Some scary images of natural disasters during a slideshow.
Language (Pause): Slut, damn, oh my God.
Social Behavior (Pause): Backstabbing and snooty mean girl behavior. Diverse cast.
Commercialism (Off): Pretty Ricky, hellogoodbye, Prada, Chili's, MTV. Spin-off of the MTV series, and featured kids from the show figure into the plot.
Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco (Not an Issue): None.

Parent of a 6 and 12 year old Written bymiilds March 28, 2009
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11
QUALITY
 

so-so dont take your eight your old to see it!

I have to say i wasnt too happy about it but it was not horrible i think a PG would have been fine for this thing even thought it was kind of a catty girl movie

Kid, 10 years old Written bylilmissfrankie August 30, 2010
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11
QUALITY
 

bad

this site is making a big deal of nothing stupid movie

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