Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Cartoonish Charlie's Angels with lesbians.

PG-13 2005 91 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Not PG-13

One of the main characters ends up with the girl who kidnapped her. Not a positive message. Neither is the fact that another one of them has multiple guys in her bed within a short period of time. Also, the language (bitch, damn) is not language for that age range, neither is the blatant drinking and smoking. Material for kids 15+ in a movie marketed for kids (like most cartoons nowadays); it has a storyline that seems catered to a pre-teen crowd and the special effects are definitely only good enough for kids- but they talk a lot about killing, sex and crime for it to be anything but inappropriate for that age group.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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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