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Beware the Gonzo

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

High school reporter exposes bully in teen comedy with edge.

Movie NR 2011 99 minutes
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It's not totally clear whether the movie's title refers to the hero or his eponymous publication, but both of them do a great job of stirring up trouble and exposing hypocrisy. The film is a little bit over the top in portraying a clique of athletes who dominate the school's nerds and misfits with the tacit approval of the principal, but it's plenty of fun to watch Reilly and his pals get their long-overdue comeuppance, and it's just as entertaining to see Gonzo and the rest of the unseen students of Parker Prep get a chance in the spotlight.

Campbell Scott and Amy Sedaris have small roles as Gonzo's parents, who vacillate between support for his rebellious endeavor and concern when his actions may threaten his college prospects. And Zoe Kravitz stands out in a much meatier role as Gonzo's romantic interest who has her own reasons for taking down Reilly. Pitting nerds against popular kids isn't especially original, but the film is entertaining enough.

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