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By Li Lai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Cult lesbian romcom spoofs the action-spy genre.

Movie PG-13 2005 91 minutes
D.E.B.S. Poster Image: The DEBS stand together in their school uniforms

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Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


this movie is FUCKING AMAZING! Like HOW did they make such a masterpiece. You gay sluts out there NEED to watch this. Literally LIFE CHANGING. DEBS 4 LYFE OUTTTTTT. Not enough sex doh

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 13+

A great PG-13 movie for 13 and up

D.E.B.S. is the first film with a positive lesbian message to be rated PG-13 making it actually accessible to teenagers. It is a wonderful and very funny movie. The romance between the two teens is woven in as part of the storyline in a very funny way that is part of the whole spy plot and doesn't make a big deal about it, it's just not an issue. Because of that I would say this film is great for straight kids to be more comfortable with their gay and lesbian pals. And also very important for gay and lesbian teens to see images of themselves on screen and experience the validation and happiness that comes from that. If your kids have seen pretty much any Disney movie for tweens that includes the concept of boys and girls having crushes on each other they can handle this. In fact, if they've seen HERBIE FULLY LOADED they'll be thrilled to see that this movie is by the same director (and this one is vastly superior).
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Charming and campy, this movie captures a moment in time when Britney Spears-inspired schoolgirl uniforms and spy flicks were all the rage. Call it a B-version of Charlie's Angels if you will, but D.E.B.S. is entirely its own beast. Director Angela Robinson presses her tongue firmly in cheek as she has her main quartet of high school paramilitary agents drop from ceilings strapped with guns and cavalierly smoking cigarettes -- a picture that's comically at odds with their patent leather Mary Janes and knee-high socks.

At its best, this genre-blending romcom delivers a silly but positive and heartwarming romance between two young women. Rare for the aughts, the movie never dips into gay cliches, such as placing an emphasis on coming out or having school-age characters haunted by disapproving parents. Perhaps helped by Robinson's own perspective as an out lesbian director, the film's main couple, Lucy and Amy, refreshingly go through conflicts and drama that have almost nothing to do with their sexualities. As a gay cult classic, D.E.B.S. heartily delivers. But it's impossible for any movie to age perfectly. In particular, the film's embrace of handguns, machine guns, and assorted firearms in a high school setting may have felt silly and over the top when tragedies like the 1999 Columbine High School shooting were considered outliers. But now the image of students armed to the gills is no laughing matter.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 24, 2005
  • On DVD or streaming: June 7, 2005
  • Cast: Jordana Brewster , Meagan Good , Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Director: Angela Robinson
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Gay directors, Black directors, Female actors, Latino actors, Black actors, Multiracial actors, Female writers, Gay writers, Black writers
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: High School
  • Character Strengths: Courage , Curiosity
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content and language
  • Last updated: August 9, 2023

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