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Parents' Guide to

16 Wishes

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Teen's errant birthday dreams hold good messages for tweens.

Movie G 2010 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+
SPOILER ALERT........ Had some good messages about friendship and being yourself and not being a follower. No swearing or concerning language. No sexual content. The main character and her best friend hold hands during the movie and in the last five minutes or so of the movie decide they like each other and share a quick kiss.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+


it is a great movie it is funny and it makes me think i am in high school again i love this movie i recomend it!!!!

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (40 ):

With its gentle reminders about the value of self-respect, good friends, and a supportive family, 16 WISHES has a lot to offer tweens. Just as valuable are its clear cautions against superficial happiness (i.e., donning designer clothes, hobnobbing with celebs, and catching the eye of a hunky classmate). Abby's glimpse at the troubles that her selfishness can cause is a good caution against the same behavior, and hopefully tweens will think twice about their own priorities as a result.

With parents' help, this funny, feel-good movie can do more good than just entertain your kids -- be sure to chat with them afterward about their impression of its messages and how it makes them feel and think about their own hopes and dreams.

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