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Deidra & Laney Rob a Train

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quirky teen caper comedy; swearing and iffy messages.

Movie NR 2017 90 minutes
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Sharp comic timing, winning performances by the two leading actresses, and an offbeat story keep this multi-plotted effort moving so fast that audiences have no time to question logic or reality. Plus, it won't matter that so many of the characters, particularly the adults, are little more than humorously one-dimensional. Folks will be too busy rooting for Deidra and Laney to care. What might matter to parents, however, is the fact that in Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, all sorts of illegal, unethical, and ill-conceived behaviors have no consequences -- but on the other hand, Deidra and Laney are good, brave, resourceful kids, and the people they're outsmarting really don't deserve to win anyway. Director Sydney Freeland has done a fine job with a wonderfully diverse cast and a story that shifts from a comical crime spree to a teen pageant and back again, and still manages to say something about poverty, parental responsibility, and about enterprising kids who turn out to be as unstoppable as a runaway train.

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