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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Movie about college admissions mixes heart, tough issues.

Movie NR 2010 90 minutes
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Acceptance deftly mixes both comedy and drama in its look at the sometimes-extreme pressures that today's teenagers face when thinking about and applying to college. Although it places much of the blame for this stress on the teens' mostly well-intentioned parents, it does make the point that teens can become so intent on getting admitted into the "right" school that they mistakenly use the college admissions process as a way of defining their self-worth.

The movie successfully threads together a variety of storylines that illustrate some of the difficulties and anxieties that teens face at this stage in their lives -- including divorce, substance abuse, and self-injury. While some of these themes are heavy, the context in which they appear and the humorous and/or heartfelt way they're handled still makes the movie an entertaining choice for teens old enough to handle it.

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