Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Enjoyable movie about the trials of being a teen.
  • PG
  • 2004
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lola lies, steals, and takes risks with very mild consequences, though she learns some lessons.

Violence

Car crash.

Sex

Very skimpy clothes for a 15-year-old.

Language

A couple of mild bad words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character abuses alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a couple of PG-level bad words. Of greater concern is that Lola lies, steals, and takes risks with very mild consequences, though she learns some lessons. She wears very skimpy clothes more revealing than even a free-spirited mother who throws pots for a living would permit. A character has an alcohol abuse problem. We see him drunk, and later he says he is getting treatment. In a very odd moment, Lola's big triumph comes when he returns her necklace to her in front of her friends, seen merely as proof that she told the truth when she said she had been at his party. No one questions why she was taking her necklace off at his apartment or whether she was doing anything risky or improper there.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygalsmom April 9, 2008

Disney and Lohan are big disappointments

I took my two girls to see this because we had all enjoyed Lindsay Lohan in Parent Trap and Freaky Friday. Unfortunately, in this film her breasts become one of... Continue reading
Adult Written byjcarole April 9, 2008

Breasts and Lying

A friend said this movie was okay but it wasn't. The girls are dished up as sexy throughout, the girls are mean and all the lying isn't dealt with unt... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMoviegirl700 November 12, 2019

Fine for tweens and teens.

For a Disney movie-and one aimed at fairly young girls, it's edgier than most. Early tweens as early as 10 can watch, although protective parents beware! L... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 6, 2019

Not the best

I’m 12 and this film was well made but I found it boring.Even though it’s not my cup of tea it’s easy for younger children to understand! There’s just a few sce... Continue reading

What's the story?

Lindsay Lohan plays a 15-year-old who has a lot to be dramatic about, or at least she thinks she does. First of all, her parents had the bad judgment to name her "Mary," when she was born to be a "Lola." No one seems to understand the importance of her dream of being an actress. In her family, she is "a flamingo in a flock of pigeons," fighting not just against gross injustice, but also against "ordinariness." But what is really devastating is that she has to move from New York City, which she thinks is the center of the planet, to New Jersey, which seems like the farthest end of the universe. At least, if you're a drama queen. And there's more stress to come. Her favorite rock band is breaking up. And she has to compete with a mean and snobbish alpha-girl for the part of Eliza in an updated version of "Pygmalion" called "Eliza Rocks!"

Is it any good?

Lola sometimes resorts to more than drama, including some real misbehavior that the movie does not take very seriously. She tells her best friend a terrible lie about her father "to seem more interesting." She gets another friend to help her steal a costume so she can wear it to a party. She lies to her mother and tries to sneak into a concert and a rock star's party. She almost lets down the "Eliza Rocks!" cast and audience by refusing to appear. She learns some lessons and faces some consequences, but parents will want to talk to kids who see this movie about how they see her choices.

The best part of CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN is Lohan. She is a delight. Kids will enjoy identifying with her as she tries to both fit in and be different, and as she tries to follow her dreams while coping with New Jersey and other obstacles. Parents may be more willing to put up with the movie's logical loopholes than its casual treatment of behavior they would not want their children to imitate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lola's comment that she lied to make herself seem more interesting. Why does Carla pretend that she got the part she really wanted? Are there girls like Carla in your school and how do people feel about them? Why was Ella so surprised that her parents would let her go to the concert? How does Lola feel about Stu after she meets him?

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