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Jerk Theory

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Shallow comedy about treating girls badly is a waste of time

Movie PG-13 2009 93 minutes
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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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