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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The focus is on getting even instead of trying to work through your differences. In the end, revenge trumps everything, and the heroine makes sure that her enemy pays for her "crimes."
Positive Role Models
Some role models are obviously negative, bullying others and -- in the serial killer's case -- murdering the innocent. Others have positive intentions but ultimately make negative choices -- including consciously leaving others to die.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of grizzly slayings, including stabbings and a beheading. Blood is sprayed, pooled, dripped, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexually charged kissing and making out, plus a few mentions of getting "nookie" and "hooking up." Two friends make a pact to sleep with each other if they don't find mates on their own by the end of high school. There's also a brief comic scene in which a teenage boy is discovered looking at porn (which is unseen and only heard via moaning) online.
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Audible language includes words like "hell," "damn," "ass," and "bitch," plus iffy phrases such as "screw off," "psycho skank," and "trashy-ass."
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Products & Purchases
A girl receives a BMW as a 16th birthday present, and the logo is visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some teen characters drink champagne in a limo on the way to the party. Another smuggles in a bottle of liquor to try to spike a nonalcoholic drink. In a flashback, a teenager is shown smoking a cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie about a Sweet 16 birthday party gone horribly, horribly wrong directly targets teens but has iffy messages concerning bullying and revenge. Violent imagery runs the gamut from stabbings, slayings, and stranglings to a graphic beheading ... and there's plenty of blood to go along with it all. There are also some sexually charged situations (making out, etc.), salty language ("ass," "bitch," etc.) and some teen characters who drink alcohol, although no one ever gets out of control. (Those who do drink? Let's just say they don't fare well.) To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Trying to turn My Super Sweet 16 into a horror film sounds like a stupid idea ... and, as it turns out, it actually is. That's due in large part to the cheap production values, clumsy dialogue, and an uber-thin plot that leaves a lot to be desired. Aside from a few cheap thrills toward the end, it isn't even all that entertaining ... and its obvious homage to the 1976 horror classic Carrie only reinforces how lame it is by comparison. In short: You can skip this one without any serious side effects.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.