A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Working toward a common goal can unite the most disparate of people. Also, mysteries can be solved by good old-fashioned logic and hard work. Still, the punishment meted out in the end hardly seems harsh enough for what’s practically a crime.
Positive Role Models
Some of the lead characters are earnest and well-meaning, but others are superficial and care more about appearances (and are proud to be that way, too). A girl is openly rude to someone she barely knows, mostly because she’s jealous; another takes delight in talking to her mother disrespectfully.
Violence & Scariness
Someone’s poisoning the students of Danforth Academy; an object is thrown at a girl’s head; threatening notes are posted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to dating.
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Products & Purchases
JVC headphones; iPod. One student flaunts her father’s wealth.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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