Minor Details

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Ho-hum mystery/comedy for tweens; no edgy content.
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 16 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Someone’s poisoning the students of Danforth Academy; an object is thrown at a girl’s head; threatening notes are posted.

Sex

Some references to dating.

Language
Consumerism

JVC headphones; iPod. One student flaunts her father’s wealth.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 and 15 year old Written byicarlyfan January 24, 2011

Awesome. I love this

I love this movie. Way better than the over the top Disney stuff. Loved the girl who is on iCarly.
Adult Written byJanvierRain February 27, 2013

Boring, Blegh, Nothing to See Here

I thought this movie was quite boring. There were several scenes where you could tell the lighting was artificial, which I found annoying. The acting was TERRIB... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAnahi101 October 7, 2012

Not really woth time if your older than ten

I think this movie was actually pretty bad but for younger kids who might not notice the horrible acting itd be a good movie. The plot was interesting so i bel... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMocha77 April 17, 2011

Super cliche tween movie

I have to say that if it was between watching this and the new barbie movie I would definitely go for the barbie movie. The actors are horrible and look almost... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why the perpetrator is terrorizing the school. What does this person get out of it?

  • How does this mystery bring together the four main leads? The school community?

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