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Bug Me Not!

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Quirky subtitled teen romance is mild and fluffy.

Movie NR 2005 87 minutes
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Bug Me Not is a jumble of bright colors, upbeat musical numbers, non-stop flashy editing, special effects, animation, and exaggerated performances. Episodic by design, the story goes in a dozen, mostly comic, directions at once -- jumping erratically from a martial arts competition to an attack by an army of angry cartoon bugs mid-musical number, to a sweet romantic declaration of first love, to recurring shots of a mahjong game, to a tango.

The film is more of a visual and auditory experience than a cohesive story, but still it taps into some of the primary concerns that face teens: acceptance by peers, self-image, emotional ups-and-downs, and the pangs of first love. The highly-stylized confection will find an audience, but it's certainly not for everyone.

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