Parents' Guide to

Girls Rock!

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Girl-power docu has a strong positive message.

Movie PG 2008 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Inspiring for young rockers

Great documentary for inspiring rockers. Girls get together for a kind of rock camp where they form bands and learn how to work together to write a song, and perform at a concert at the end. There's some darkness in discussions of bullying, obsessions on body image, drug use for weight loss, 'druggy' parents, foster care etc. But overall positive messages about collaboration, believing in yourself and being yourself. It's very female empowering, so boys may feel left out?
age 6+

Inspiring, even for a dad!

I love how this funny and inspiring film and the band camp project demonstrate that girls can work together (as a band) happily, and without any "mean girl" attitude, and express themselves honestly, even when that's loud or ugly. Not sure how another review ("just horrid!") can be helpful to anyone without offering any reasons for that judgment. The grade for "consumerism" is way off the mark. They're not selling, cobranding, syndicating or merchandising anything. So the brand of a guitar is on the screen. I don't believe there was any deal with a guitar company.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Empowering, insightful, and, at times, deeply heart wrenching, this documentary should be seen by every girl who's ever doubted her capabilities or yearned to feel like she belongs. (And who hasn't?) It's dispiriting but also illuminating to watch the campers navigate social circles with the bravado that so many girls put on to mask a fear of rejection. Interspersed with camp footage are statistics that appall and educate; in music videos, for instance, only 22 percent of performers are women, and they're five times more likely than men to be dressed (or, rather, barely dressed) in revealing clothing.

Girls Rock! clearly has a message. And it's a good one, but perhaps viewers don't need to be clocked in the head with it. The heavy-handed feeling detracts from the overall enjoyment -- filmmakers Arne Johnson and Shane King would have benefited from the light-but-deft touch used by the makers of Mad Hot Ballroom. Nevertheless, we'll take this over standard superficial piffle anytime. When the girls take to the stage in the end, we're ready to rock.

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