Dirty 30

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Lots of drinking in YouTubers' friendship/party movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 86 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Underlying all the partying is the idea that it's important to realize who you are and what you like; that's how you can make yourself happy. Things that other people might not think are satisfying can actually be just right for you, and trying to do things just because of what other people think is a sure recipe for frustration. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kate, Evie, and Charlie are lifelong friends who are clearly looking out for one another. They don't exactly behavie responsibly during the movie, but they do have a solid and supportive relationship that makes them all stronger. 

Violence

Bickering between couples. A couple of quick, drunken punches. A woman suffers a serious dental emergency that leaves her mouth bloody and requires immediate -- and somewhat graphic -- treatment. 

Sex

A few kisses. Suggestive comments.

Language

Language includes "s--t," "goddamn," and "bitch."

Consumerism

Well-known chains/brand names mentioned include Yelp, The Cheesecake Factory, and Red Lobster. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The entire film revolves around a major party where there's lots and lots of drinking. People do shots, play drinking games, get wasted until they throw up/pass out, and more.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that most of Dirty 30 is set during a huge birthday bash, so there's lots of drinking. Though it is a 30th birthday party, so at least it's adults getting wasted, doing shots, puking and passing out. The few teens who show up don't get to drink. While there's some kissing and suggestive talk/innuendo, there aren't any real sex scenes. And the swearing is on the tamer side, too ("bitch," "damn," and "s--t"). The movie stars popular YouTube personalities Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart, and Hannah Hart, so teens could well be interested.

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What's the story?

Kate (Mamrie Hart) is about to turn 30. After some initial reluctance, she agrees to let her lifelong friends Charlie (Hannah Hart) and Evie (Grace Helbig) throw her a party. And, oh what a rager it is! To mark Kate's DIRTY 30, they pull out all the stops, including inviting some old high school friends and settling a few old scores. They also find new romantic connections and make some important decisions. 

Is it any good?

It has a lot of drinking and some swearing and sexual innuendo, but in the end, Dirty 30 isn't really all that dirty (or controversial or scandalous). But it does mostly work, largely thank to great chemistry between its three female leads. The trio -- all played by popular YouTube personalities -- are believable as high school friends facing turning 30.

Mamrie Hart is confident in the leading role. But you may find yourself wishing she had more to sink her teeth into. Because although the movie comes off without much of a hitch (and the setup is clever), there's nothing much fresh or original for her to mine. Plus, the movie's romantic aspects seem like formulaic plot twists that aren't really necessary. Better to have focused on the friendships in this surprisingly solid film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Dirty 30 portrays drinking. Is it glamorized? Are there realistic consequences? Why does that matter?

  • Why do you think popular YouTube personalities made this movie? Why not just keep doing YouTube shows?

  • What makes Kate happy? What does she learn about herself that helps her feel more satisfied with her life? 

  • What role does friendship play in the movie? How do the three women at the center of the movie make each other stronger?

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