A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this teen mystery, which features iCarly’s Jennette McCurdy, is fairly tame and has no swearing or sexual themes. But it’s also sadly devoid of much personality, and, at best, is a semi-interesting way for tweens to pass the time. At the very least, the mystery at the heart of it is worth wrangling over for a bit. Some of the characters are self-obsessed and shallow, but it’s clear that they’re not meant to be role models.
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What's the story?
All is not well at the Danforth Academy, a boarding school that caters to the wealthiest teens. Students are falling ill left and right, and nobody seems to know why. Cheerleaders are the first target; soccer players are next, then the theatre kids -- and so on. It’s up to newcomers Paige (Caitlin E.J. Meyer) and Claire (Danielle Chuchran) and their old-timer friends Taylor (Lauren Faber) and Abby (Kelsey Edwards) -- who starts off on the wrong foot with Paige -- to find the culprit and bring stability back to Danforth.
Is it any good?
The acting in MINOR DETAILS is so over the top that it’s hard to concentrate on anything else. As if that weren’t bad enough, so many of the characters are caricatures, too -- the indifferent nurse, the eye-rolling tweens, the handsome jocks, the mean girls who are so stereotypically mean. You’d think soccer would look thrilling, but the few scenes on the film look dull and lifeless.
Just because a film is aimed at tweens doesn’t mean it ought to be trite. Nevertheless, the plot keeps the film somewhat interesting, perhaps interesting enough to let time pass if there’s nothing else to do, if only to witness kids band together for the common good.
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- In theaters: February 2, 2009
- On DVD or streaming: October 13, 2009
- Cast: Caitlin EJ Meyer, Danielle Chuchran, Jennette McCurdy, Kelsey Edwards, Lauren Faber
- Director: John Lyde
- Studio: SunWorld Pictures
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Friendship, High School
- Run time: 85 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: mild thematic elements
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