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By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sexual themes, language in feel-good feminist teen tale.

Movie PG-13 2021 111 minutes
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age 12+


Moxie is probably one of the best feminist movies I've watched. The plot revolves around Vivian, who stands up to sexism at her high school, helping girls be heard and stand up to harassment. Of course, because of the themes, this movie is strictly PG-13. There is a lot of swearing, some drinking, and romance that parents of younger kids might be hesitant about. I rated this movie 12+, because I think that everyone should watch this - and not just high school girls. It's important to learn about these kinds of things so when you have to deal with them, you know how to. In the end, I give this movie 5/5 in positive messages, and defiantly 5/5 for positive role models.

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Wow! Eye Opening Experience!!

I highly highly recommend this movie. We watched it as a family and aside from the kissing scene in the car, my 12 year old daughter described the movie in two perfect words! "Inspiring and empowering!! We appreciated how Amy Poehlar handled a multitude of complex topics in one simple, clear and relatable story. We need to see more movies like this to helps us understand and appreciate our ethnicities and backgrounds better.

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This optimistic, well-meaning coming-of-age film will leave feminist viewers cheering. Fans of co-star/director Amy Poehler are also likely to flock to Moxie. Poehler and her scriptwriters clearly tried hard to reach a diverse audience, learning from the mistakes of the 1990s Riot Grrrl movement that provided some inspiration for the film. Characters specifically talk about being more intersectional. It's a worthy goal, but there are moments when the film risks devolving into a grab bag of grievances. Still, just when you think Poehler may have cast her net too wide, she flicks it back with a self-aware wink, like Vivian's insistence that her mom give up milk, Lisa's prominently-placed NPR tote, or Claudia's polite concern that a Hawaiian-themed party doesn't feel "culturally sensitive."

Poehler also knows to step out of the way and let the teen actors carry the film, which they do with plausibility and confidence, particularly leads Robinson, Pascual-Peña, Tsai, and Nico Hiraga as Vivian's love interest. Schwarzenegger is appropriately smarmy as the "mediocre White dude" bully with a "chokehold on success." And it was a smart idea at the script level to start the film with Vivian mulling over her college application essay, that rite of passage for college-bound high-schoolers who are expected to both summarize their lives and show themselves to be wholly unique. The problem that introverted Vivian faces is writing about a "cause" she feels passionate about when she has thus far just gone with the flow, even when the flow may have felt wrong. Moxie is, at heart, a coming-of-age tale, and maybe also a generational one, since transitions are generally marked by eye-opening experiences and change. The film visualizes this in young women finding their voices, literally and figuratively. Despite Moxie's imperfections, those voices will speak to many.

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