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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Being rude pays off sometimes. The changes that really matter happen within.
Positive Role Models
Tete is a well meaning but clueless and oblivious teen who is feeling her way through treacherous social waters. Parents and grandparents are unkind to a girl, pointing out all her flaws.
The racial diversity common to cosmopolitan Brazil is on display here. A boy announces he is gay the first time he meets someone new, although he's reluctant to discuss his orientation with his dad.
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Violence & Scariness
Bullying. A mean girl wrestles with another girl, then stomps on her eyeglasses and blames the other girl for the whole thing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Confessions of an Invisible Girl is a Brazilian feature (dubbed into English from the Portuguese) that observes the teenage desire to fit in from the point of view of a girl who has always felt like an outcast, friendless, and the victim of her parents' and grandparents' relentless and sometimes hurtful encouragement. Teens kiss and a gay character is accepted as he is. Bullying. A mean girl wrestles with another girl, then stomps on her eyeglasses and blames the other girl for the whole thing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The problem with Confessions of an Invisible Girl is that its title character is about as invisible as a tornado. She declares that she is the girl who never speaks a word in class for the whole year, but Tete is noisy, outgoing, pushy, and downright irritating. Yes, she is teased mercilessly by mean girl Valentina, but Valentina hates everyone and has some soul-searching of her own to do. Tete is a busybody. Despite her own sensitivities, she rarely stops to consider that it's not shyness, anxiety, or awkwardness that puts everyone off, but her inappropriate boldness. Tete has the gumption to ask the popular girl throwing a party for an invitation. When she's pointedly turned down, she ignores the diss and goes anyway.
In addition to a script that demonstrates no knowledge of its own main character, the movie boasts dreadful dialogue featuring words no teenager would ever be caught dead saying. Equally implausible is a storyline that climaxes when, only moments after being exposed, a lifelong mean girl publicly apologizes to everyone and all the people she has harmed over many years hug her. As if that ever happened. The few wise messages offered at the movie's end -- "changes that really matter happen within," for example -- come too late to save this. Further, subtitles would have been a far better choice. The voice actors dubbed onto these characters make the movie feel like a cartoon where animated lips don't match the words we hear.
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