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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Main character is occasionally impudent towards the adults. Friends work together to help a teacher in trouble, but one of the students was the trigger for the man's problems. Nice father-daughter relationship depicted, and a nasty sibling relationship takes a turn for the better by the final credits.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very, very mild teenaged flirting and discussing of crushes.
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The main character is an affluent teen girl obsessed with fashion and shopping. Tony private school students are depicted with latest clothes and cell phones, and "scholarship student" is synonymous with "poor." Barney's department store gets name dropped; while getting spa treatments and spending lots of money are glorified as suitable activities for teens.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get a Clue centers around a pampered teen girl whose obsessions with fashion and gossip make her a less-than-ideal heroine. Working with a multicultural group of friends she finds some redemption as the students try to solve a mystery involving a teacher, but his troubles began as result of the heroine's snooping. Brooklyn is depicted as a third-world country to the Manhattan teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie features a talented and likable cast, including Lindsay Lohan just before she lost her child-like charm. Get a Clue zips along with the help of an upbeat soundtrack, funky costumes, and Manhattan backdrops (filmed in Toronto) designed to inspire location envy. Lexy and her friends overcome minor differences to cooperate and are motivated by the words of Lexy's loving dad, who tells her that hard work, imagination, and luck can accomplish almost anything. There's a complicated embezzlement scheme that will confuse kids younger than 10.
The problem is that even as Lexy's eyes are opened to the problems she's caused and the fact that one of her friends -- gasp -- lives in Brooklyn, not Manhattan, her shallowness doesn't really diminish. Her "insane obsession with material objects," as one of her classmates describes it, instead becomes a secret weapon, helping her identify fake private detectives wearing expensive watches and a jewel discounted as a flea market find. Lexy may be well-meaning, but she's no role model for parents who want their daughters to embrace more than the latest fashion magazines.
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