Her Best Move

Movie review by
Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Teen girl soccer tale has more heart than plot.
  • G
  • 2006
  • 102 minutes

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Regina spreads a rumor that Sara said Josh "kisses like a dead squid" because she's jealous of her soccer skills. Sara has to choose between disappointing her father and having a full life.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Josh and Sara kiss on a few occasions.

Language
Consumerism

Nike and Cold Stone Creamery are prominently displayed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sara's parents are estranged -- Dad is sleeping at his office -- which may be difficult for some kids of divorced parents.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySamorama April 9, 2008

Great Family Viewing

We almost passed over the movie because of the rating, but went to see it at the Rhode Island Film Festival. My 15 year old daughter was dubious about the pros... Continue reading
Adult Written bylazer April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2011

EXELLENT MOVI

itz lik realy good/.
Kid, 11 years old March 10, 2011

WOW!!!

some relationships,overall a VERY moving movie!

What's the story?

HER BEST MOVE centers around 15-year-old Sara (Leah Pipes), who has been groomed by her soccer coach father (Scott Patterson) to be the youngest member of the women's national soccer team. Rejected for the team once already, Sara gets a second chance. But as she starts to explore life outside her rigorous training schedule -- including taking dance with best friend Tutti (Lalaine) and a budding romance with the school's shutterbug Josh (Drew Tyler Bell) -- she starts to wonder whether that's what she really wants. She has to face a choice confronted by a lot of teens: Does she go for achievement for achievement's sake and win her father's approval, or does she opt out for a normal life?

Is it any good?

Like its main character, Sara (Leah Pipes), Her Best Move is smart, sensitive, and sincere -- and it doesn't know where it wants to go. An earnest coming-of-age film, it will resonate with the parents of high-achieving teens. And teens will identify with the very normal Sara and her travails. But that doesn't mean it has a plot, exactly. While it's authentic and has heart, it's a little short on dramatic tension.

It's so clear from the beginning that Sara isn't determined to be a soccer star that the viewer starts to root for her to stay at home. And while that's probably healthy, it doesn't do much for the plot. What's great in the film are the little touches -- especially the look into the life of a supergirl who works, studies, plays a sport, and is trying to figure out her future besides. For that alone, it's worth watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens in the family cope with the pressure to please parents, do well in school, and figure out what they want to do with their lives. How would they cope with an opportunity like the one Sara had? Would they give it up to be a regular teen?

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