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Adventures in Public School

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Comedy about awkward teen and his mom; cursing, sex, drugs.

Movie NR 2017 86 minutes
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This is a charming, funny piece that makes you laugh as much as it makes you cringe. Adventures in Public School adores the mother who has poured all of her love and soul into raising a great kid on her own, but it also acknowledges how absurdly clinging and over-protective she is. Judy Greer aptly makes Claire both worrisome and lovable, showing us all the ways her good intentions sometimes wander beyond the borders of good sense, but also why Claire still comes up on the better side of parenting most of the time. Daniel Doheny is perfectly awkward, goofy, and adventurous as the somewhat stunted Liam. It's a tribute to his performance that we actually see Liam grow and mature as the movie progresses. Teens will cringe at him and root for him at the same time.

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