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Campus Confidential

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Satire of high school cliques overdoes stereotypes.

Movie NR 2005 81 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Super duper typical

Really bad acting, reallly unrealistic settings, just an all around bad movie

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CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL has a clever enough premise -- teen high school comedy based on George Orwell's Animal Farm explores the ways in which power can corrupt anyone at any level. And to that end, it teaches some decent messages about how we treat people, and especially the ethics of the takedown in the name of justice. However, to achieve that end, it uses some questionable means, like portraying the clique of gay teens as needlessly campy, or the cheerleaders as super airheaded. One has to see the irony in the fact that Orwell often explored the idea that the end doesn't justify the means, and that this applies as much to the actions of the characters in this film, as it does to the choices the filmmakers made to achieve it.

That said, anyone who went to high school will find the dynamics to be familiar territory, and this film occasionally finds some solid ground when it invokes the best cattiness of Mean Girls or the darker hypocrisy of high school life in Heathers. But viewers may tire of the heavy handed, overly referential feel in this movie, and parents may find too many stereotypes to unpack to get to the nugget of positivity underneath.

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