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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Most characters are shallow and one-dimensional, and there's quite a bit of cattiness, back-biting, and scheming to win the affections of a love interest or embarrass a rival. For most of the movie, the two main female characters are starry-eyed and lustful over a self-absorbed singing idol. Some potty humor involving bathroom issues, obesity, and a farting toy. One character often makes crass comments (he considers them compliments) about women's appearances. Not a lot of diversity.
Violence & Scariness
The few instances are played for comedy or sex-related laughs, like a girl-on-girl scuffle (which ends in a punch to the nose and a quick glimpse of blood) over a guy's affections, or a young boy pretending to drown so a pretty lifeguard will give him mouth-to-mouth. Some slaps following rude remarks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sensuality, including scantily clad bodies frolicking on the beach, teen girls throwing themselves at guys, and a few kisses. One character tosses out crass comments about women, such as "Check the honey with the money." In one scene, a naked woman on a massage table is shown draped loosely in a towel with most of her breasts hanging out.
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couple of instances of "hell," "ass," and "damn." "Oh my God" and "sucks" are common.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is little more than a garden-variety teen romance flick filled with misdirected love interests, catty female rivals, bikini-clad beachcombers, and one super-nice guy who's always passed over by girls for flashier models. Its predictable plot, sensual overtones, and one-dimensional characters will have parents groaning, and the weak female characters -- who spend most of their time falling over themselves to win the affection of a self-absorbed pop star -- may make them pause before giving the thumbs-up to impressionable tweens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lovewrecked's premise is fairly cute, and Bynes' sparkling personality and comedic timing are in top form. But the end result is a predictable story that's brimming with back-biting, bikinis, and batting of eyes. The weak female characters often pose their half-naked bodies to turn guys' heads -- and, unfortunately, most of the time it works. In one memorable scene, for example, Jenny and Alexis wind up brawling on the beach, and, rather than attempt to separate them, Jason just sits back with his island munchies and grins happily while he watches.
In the end, Jenny faces a tough choice and discovers a lot about herself and what she really values in a romantic relationship, but all in all, Lovewrecked is steeped in the same skewed messages about self-respect and desirability that already bombard tween and teen girls.
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