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It's a Boy Girl Thing

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Raunchy teen comedy looks at gender roles; lots of cursing.

Movie PG-13 2006 95 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

Terrible film

This film is chock full of sexual assault and makes it apparent that a girls future is less important than a man’s. The male protagonist is consistently horrid to the female protagonist, and nearly gets her body raped but doesn’t actually ever apologise. The description is wrong, there is full frontal nudity. These are the kind of films that are damaging to adolescence perception of sexual assault and objectification.
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+
There were many inappropriate scenes including a scene where women were shown fully naked in the girls locker room.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This movie is a cut above the usual teen angst comedy. Of course, the enormous transformation of the teenage body from child to adult is a model in some sense for the preposterous, magical transformation on display here. Transgender issues are far more widely discussed today than they were in 2006, when the film was released, but this is less a display of the distress of being born into the wrong body than it is an exploration into the ways men and women emphasize their differences rather than their similarities. The writing is intelligent and the dialogued reflects thoughtful insights into traditional male and female behavior and roles. Also to its credit, It's a Boy Girl Thing doesn't depend solely on explanatory dialogue to illuminate those differences. Zegers and Armstrong demonstrate the way their characters think like one gender and act like the other. Magical stories often get snagged in the details of their specific unrealities but once this movie's impossible premise is set out, the rest is worked out quite plausibly. The only question might be regarding Woody waking up in Nell's body. Why does he find himself in Nell's bed? And likewise, why does Nell, finding herself in Woody's body, wake up at Woody's house? Because, silly, it's magic.

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