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Parents' Guide to

Miss Arizona

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Female friendships rule in well-intentioned indie comedy.

Movie NR 2019 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

My kind of movie

This isn't a film for a six year old boy (most likely), but I think it's one every parent should expose their teens on up to. I've spent time working in a women's shelter much like this one, and I felt the female characters in this story were relatable and realistic. I love how they bond despite their differences, and help each other out. The movie toggles between drama and humor, which is very much life (even in women's shelters) - I appreciated the lighter moments as a reprieve from the heavier ones. I got choked up at the end, when the main character empowers both herself and her son. Lots of good life lessons to discuss with the kids - female empowerment, diversity, the realities of domestic abuse, and the importance of friendship.

Is It Any Good?

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Sweet and charming, if a bit predictable, this gentle comedy is at its best when the main characters work together to take care of business. OK, yes, you can poke enormous gaping holes in the film's logic: What kind of women's shelter is cool with its residents taking off for all-night hijinks? And we're supposed to believe that one woman's domestic violence nightmare will be solved if she can just make it to another state? Most of all, what human being with a set of eyes can buy Braddy as a drag queen, particularly up on a stage surrounded by genuine queens (and Drag Race escapees) like Ginger Minj (Joshua Allan Eads)? But if suspension of disbelief doesn't come easily, affection for Miss Arizona's characters and the lovable actors portraying them does.

The cast is much better than viewers might expect from such a humble indie, and they have genuine chemistry together. Braddy is heart-tuggingly lost as an underloved trophy wife and touchingly sincere in her desire to do something, anything for the women that fate has thrown her together with. Wheeler-Nicholson is all sharp-eyed wit, Shandai emits a stream of hilarious bluster, and it's a revelation to watch the supremely sympathetic Lively, whom viewers may remember best from her lead role in 1980's camp classic Teen Witch. Even though their adventures together are slightly ridiculous, these women aren't -- you'll root for them and for this endearing, sisterly story.

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