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Her Best Move



Teen girl soccer tale has more heart than plot.
  • Review Date: December 5, 2006
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 102 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Josh and Sara kiss on a few occasions.

Not applicable

Nike and Cold Stone Creamery are prominently displayed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 17, 2006
DVD release date:August 19, 2008
Cast:Leah Pipes, Lisa Darr, Scott Patterson
Director:Norm Hunter
Studio:Summertime Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:102 minutes
MPAA rating:G
MPAA explanation:general audiences

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Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2011


itz lik realy good/.
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old March 10, 2011


some relationships,overall a VERY moving movie!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
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 prospects and was influencing the 12 year old's attitude. Well, they both got completely caught up in the movie, as was the whole crowd - never a slow moment, the funny stuff sprinkled around the drama, the soccer and the romance - they all LOVED it. Although there is nothing really racy in the movie, the boy and girl are falling in love and it really comes through in a sweet way, but the G rating may be misleading - they should provably rate it a PG just to let everyone know that it's not a little kids movie. My wife liked it as much or more than the kids. I think it's 5 stars, and the music is great.


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