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My Super Psycho Sweet 16
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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.)
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What's the story?
The past comes back to haunt Skye Rotter (Lauren McKnight) and her friends in MY SUPER PSYCHO SWEET 16, a made-for-TV horror film that finds Skye's serial killer dad resurfacing -- a decade after he dropped off the map -- to crash spoiled queen bee Madison Penrose's (Juliana Guill) overblown birthday bash. As the party kicks into high gear, the guests are knocked off one by one, leaving Skye and Madison to duke it out for survival. The movie is based in part on MTV's reality series My Super Sweet 16.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how accurately the movie portrays high school life -- particularly when it comes to cliques. Does your school have exclusive groups, or is it easy to move between social circles? Is the "queen bee" character an overblown stereotype, or do girls like that exist in real life?
How does the movie address the topics of teen drinking and bullying?
Do you agree with Skye's ultimate choice when it comes to saving -- or not saving -- Madison's life? Do you think she made the right decision?