Parents' Guide to

Barely Lethal

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Homage to teen movies has comic violence, sex, profanity.

Movie PG-13 2015 96 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 14+

Don’t let your children watch this

It does have a lot of sexual reference and also it allows a child to use the f bomb. It uses god***n.
age 18+


Awful movie- disappointing as it has a great cast. Really unpleasant, violent, predictable movie. Glamorises drinking - really horrible language and I'm not talking about the swearing. Bad,Bad,bad movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Although it tries really hard to cleverly poke fun at all the clichés you usually find in teen movies, this sometimes-funny comedy ultimately falls victim to them. Though we see that not all high school kids fit the stereotypes, the plot insists on sticking with tired formulas such as the love triangle among the girl, the nerd, and the most popular boy in school. BARELY LETHAL is often laugh-out-loud funny, but the characters are underdeveloped and one-dimensional, and most of the plot points feel like add-ons that are never fully developed. And with the movie continually referencing classics such as The Breakfast Club, it sets itself up for failure from the beginning.

Fans of teen movies are better off sticking with ones that work -- for example, Clueless or Mean Girls. And those looking for some spy-comedy fun are better off giving Grosse Pointe Blank a try.

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