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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few romantic kisses resolve the budding love story.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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