A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strong messages against bullying and violence. Underscores the legal and emotional consequences of what you choose to record and/or post online. Also raises ethical questions about the media and the ways that people choose to use it.
Positive Role Models
Haley's parents are fully present in her life both before and after the attack. Some of the teens involved in the fight don't ever seem to understand the greater consequences to their actions.
Violence & Scariness
A video featuring teen girls viciously beating up another teenager is repeatedly shown; the injuries are bloody and cause permanent damage. Some teens talk about being physically abused by their parents.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The teenagers are shown playing "spin the bottle" and kissing and lightly groping each other.
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Words like "bitch" and "dumb ass" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of computers and video cell phones (iPhones, etc.), but no logos are visible. References are made to YouTube.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Underage cigarette smoking and drinking (beer, hard liquor, mixed drinks) visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that that this movie, based on a widely-publicized true story, contains some very violent scenes of a young woman being bullied and physically attacked by her teenage peers. Bloody wounds are visible, and serious permanent injuries are discussed. High school teens are shown kissing (including a same sex-kiss) and lightly groping each other, drinking (beer, hard liquor, mixed drinks), and smoking cigarettes. Words like "bitch" and "ass" are audible. It contains very clear anti-bullying/anti-violence messages, as well as strong warnings about the consequences of inappropriate online behavior. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like most Lifetime movies, it's pretty dramatic, and it relies a bit too heavily on the continual replay of the vicious attack to make its point. But the overall film is successful in sending some very strong and clear anti-bullying messages. It also identifies some of the real emotional and legal consequences that results from posting acts of bullying, and other inappropriate behavior, on the Internet.
The movie highlights some of the disturbing trends that are appearing on the Internet thanks to the widespread use of computers, smartphones, and social networking sites. It also notes how the easy access to digital media outlets is motivating people looking for fame or notoriety to post inappropriate material online. Throughout it all, it underscores the need for responsibility, regulation, and parental guidance when it comes to communicating online.
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