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Geek Charming

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Sweet story models positive relationships among teens.

Movie G 2012 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 8+

Predictable but done in such a lovely way

My 8 year old daughter and I (Dad) loved this film. It was fairly predictable for the parents but my daughter didn't know this and really enjoyed this film. Some nice messages that a child can learn from and done in a lovely way. Watch it, you won't be disappointed if you want a lovely warm film to watch with your young one

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (38 ):

GEEK CHARMING is very sweet, a little sappy, and superbly crafted. It tackles the notion of what it means to be atop the social hierarchy and how the pressure to conform to peer pressure complicates teens' relationships. There's a fair amount of exaggeration when it comes to Dylan's personality (at least, you have to hope that her pretentiousness isn't entirely realistic), but her emotional evolution is what will stand out for viewers. Even so, some of the characters' tribulations over trying to fit in or feeling pressure to conform may ring true with your kids, so it's a great opportunity to talk about these issues with them.

Perhaps the best message to emerge from this movie, which is based on a book by Robin Palmer, exists in the balance of Dylan and Josh's culminating relationship. Both characters experience personal growth and learn important lessons from each other, which allows them to build trust based on mutual respect. Their unlikely partnership inspires others to think harder before following preconceptions, and it can have the same effect on your kids. It's a great reminder for every viewer that things -- and people -- aren't always what they seem, and that seeing past what's on the outside can reveal a surprising inner spirit.

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