A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship; taking things slow; honesty in love and relationships.
Positive Role Models
Christian school teachers reprimand more than impart; parents totally absent; some teens are interested in honesty, ethical practices, whereas others are portrayed as stereotypical high school dudes, totally self-serving, out to get sex by any means. Lots of stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
A guy smashes a guitar; character trips someone.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing in a few scenes, more passionately in one; discussions of sex, how soon to have sex; a kid jokes that he's a sex addict; girl pulls up another girl's tank top to disguise her cleavage; lots of innuendo and puns, such as in health class when teacher tries to discuss hormonal changes and describe arousal.
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"Slutty," "pervert," "jerk," "anal volcano," "rectal rocket," "heinous anus," "dammit," "loser," "take a dump."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Implied underage drinking with red Solo cups at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jerk Theory is a high school comedy about a guy who decides to treat girls badly to get them to like him. It features mild innuendo, discussions about sex and how soon to have it, some crass language ("anal volcano," "rectal rocket," "heinous anus"), some kissing and making out, and a few scenes with high schoolers at parties with red Solo cups. The main character has a change of heart about his misogynistic moves, but the plot mostly focuses on a guy's efforts to have sex with other girls, and even the one girl he really likes, by being a jerk. Best for teens, but not great for anyone. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JERK THEORY doesn't have an easy premise to get behind: A guy who's been burned by a girl decides to treat all girls badly, convinced they'll like him more. They do, but they're not the girls he has any interest in. Set in a Christian school, the film mostly plays on expected stereotypes about rowdy, repressed teen boys (and their adult teachers) and then plays into even more stereotypes about the sort of girl that will change this guy's heart, a caring sweetheart who is smart enough to make him wait for sex. Unfortunately, that change of heart still doesn't give enough nuance to make this a good movie for teenagers, because it trades more on those surface reflections than digging into anything true about teenage relationships.
Teenagers looking for fun comedies that reflect their lives have better options out there. Most parents will not find this a comforting look at teen relationships or attitudes.
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