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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You can do more than you think you can; you just have to believe in yourself. Teamwork isn't just working together as one, it's also letting each individual's strengths contribute to make the group stronger.
Positive Role Models
Lots of ethnic diversity in the cast of central characters. Main character Cory and her family are strong, positive models, especially for African American girls, who will see a smart, science whiz with affluent, loving, and philanthropic parents. Cory models academic success, determination, and leadership, and doesn't let anyone else bring her down. Oliver is loyal and supportive, and wishes he could be of more help to his struggling family. Edie, the antagonist, models "queen bee" behavior and foul play to undermine Cory, but learns to try reaching out in positive ways and make new friends.
Violence & Scariness
Some nonviolent bullying like pulling pranks and locking someone in a bathroom, as well as "queen bee" behavior. A couple of instances of playing rough by deliberately knocking someone to the ground during practice and in a match.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A quick kiss, and almost kiss, and some good-natured teasing about romantic feelings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Back of the Net is a squeaky-clean sports movie about a misfit 16-year-old girl at soccer camp. There's no content of concern, but the plot involving teens learning about teamwork and friendship likely won't hold the interest of the youngest kids. There are some mild romantic feelings and one quick kiss. Lots of ethnic diversity in the main cast modeling teamwork, loyalty, sportsmanship, determination, and disciplined, responsible behavior. Main character Cory is a strong role model for African American girls for her strong, loving family and academic excellence. Lots of positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and believing in yourself and in one another. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This wholesome story of a misfit at soccer camp is one that's been told many times before, and won't hold any surprises for older viewers. But Back of the Net's attractive, winning cast are terrific, ethnically diverse role models and the story bubbles with positive messages and examples. It's entirely predictable as it builds to a championship match between the underdogs and their biggest rival. If you try not to think too much about how it's summer in Los Angeles and Australia at the same time you can enjoy a pleasant ride down a very familiar and scenic road. Tweens and young teens will relate to Cory and her friends as they forge new friendships and learn new ways of thinking all the way to the feel-good ending.
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