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Wholesome, lightweight teen tale features tennis, romance.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stresses the importance of making wise decisions: "You are the sum of your choices." Though the film advocates for excellence, hard work, and committing oneself to a goal, finding a healthy balance between work and play is promoted as the ideal.

Positive role models

The film's heroine, an ambitious tennis player and all-around nice girl, learns an important lessons about acquiring balance in life and about standing up for herself. She achieves a degree of independence while wisely remaining respectful to her over-eager dad, whom she helps make positive changes in attitude as well. She would be a better role model if her character felt more real, less shallow. The movie has no ethnic diversity.


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A few romantic kisses resolve the budding love story.

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Identifiable products are featured throughout: DUNLOP appears in foreground and background frequently; other sporting goods and accessories (Head, Penn, Volkl,  Remind, LaCoste, Playmate, Silent Partner ball machine), beverages and energy drinks (Gatorade, Fiji water, Teatulia tea, CUBA, NOS, Red Bull, FUZE), also La Costa Resort, La Jolla Tennis Club, Wells Fargo, iPod. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 16-Love is made for tweens and teens who like to see an appealing, talented young heroine work hard to achieve success and romance, and to squelch a mean girl along the way. Tennis is the canvas for this story about independence, first love, and parent-child relationships. Other than being a veritable billboard for sporting goods products and beverages, there's nothing objectionable in this predictable movie with straightforward messages about growing up.

What's the story?

In 16-LOVE, Ally Mash (Lindsey Shaw) is near the height of a sparkling career as junior tennis tournament player in Southern California. Coached hard by her demanding dad (Keith Coulouris), Ally will tell you that "tennis is her life." She's willing to forego friends, parties, all the other stuff that goes along with being a high school student. So she's devastated when she injures her ankle in a prep match against an arrogant Russian girl just weeks before the Junior Open tournament. Confined to an all-consuming regimen designed by her dad (yoga, strength training, massage, therapy), Ally is reluctant at first to return the attentions of an adorable boy (Chandler Massey) who just happens to play tennis, too. Soon, however, though she works hard to prepare for the Junior Open, Ally begins to see the value of balance, fun, and just being a teen.

Is it any good?


Though well-intentioned, with clearly stated messages and values, 16-Love opts for one-dimensional characters and teen stereotypes instead of authentic, fully formed people.

The outcomes are never in doubt; some of the acting is amateurish; and it often feels like an extended commercial for Dunlop and other products associated with athletics. Still, Lindsey Shaw and Chandler Massey, are easy to root for; their performances are heartfelt and natural. There's plenty of innocent romance and just enough tennis to hold the audience's interest and keep the story moving.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can discuss all the companies that advertised their products during this movie. How do the filmmakers benefit from showing those products? What do the companies hope the audiences will take away from this kind of exposure?

  • Why do you like watching movies about sports? Can you think of a sports movie you liked in which the team or player did not win "the big game" or match or tournament? Was that story still enjoyable? Why, and what did you learn from it?

  • What does it mean to be a "good sport"? How does this movie show both good and bad sportsmanship?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 20, 2012
DVD/Streaming release date:January 14, 2013
Cast:Chandler Massey, Keith Coulouris, Lindsey Shaw
Director:Adam Lipsius
Studio:Uptown 6 Productions
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Friendship
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild thematic elements and brief innuendo

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Kid, 11 years old March 1, 2014

awesome film u have to watch

I think that 11 year olds can watch this and it is suitable with no bad content.
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Adult Written byHollyAnne September 5, 2014

Cute and uplifting

I thought this was a really cute movie. It's about a girl who is trying to figure out who she is and what's important to her. It's perfectly clean and wholesome. There's a small amount of kissing at the end but no make-out scenes or anything. It's a bit cheesy and a bit predictable, but worth watching, particularly for tweens or teens who like that kind of thing.
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