Parents' Guide to

Odd Girl Out

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Dramatic but realistic look at how girls bully each other.

Movie PG-13 2006 84 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+
This is a realistic view of bullying and how hard girls can go with bullying.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 14+

Beware bad girls and cliques, the good people will win!

This movie has good points (being true to yourself, staying strong, and ignoring the bad girls), and the bad points are bullying throughout this movie, swearing, sex, and tricks.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (10):

It's gut-wrenching to see Vanessa drop from the heights of popularity to the rocky depths of rejection, but this movie has an important message for adults and teens alike. For one thing, it illustrates how the cyberage provides a platform for bullies to ply their trade. And Alexa Vega portrays the arc of a victim of bullying convincingly. Her eyes absolutely shine when her friend Stacey smiles at her. Moreover, she is absolutely crushed when she discovers how she is being ridiculed. Luckily, Vanessa has a mother who cares profoundly for her well-being. Here is a hip, engaged parent, who suddenly loses the ability to relate to her daughter and watches helplessly while tantrums are thrown and doors are slammed. Like many contemporary parents, Barbara has no idea how the cyberculture is affecting her child's private life. Barbara is shocked to see her daughter's computer screen fill with jeers, taunts, and insults. She rails against the school that allows this emotional violence to occur, and sits mutely as her daughter falls for the sweet talk of her former best friend -- in short, she is given the role of a real mom in a delicate situation.

Though the end of the movie feels a little jangly, there is enough substance here to open some vital doors of communication between parents and their kids -- especially those kids who might very well experience this type of emotional warfare at school.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: January 10, 2006
  • Cast: Alexa Vega, Leah Pipes, Lisa Vidal
  • Director: Tom McLoughlin
  • Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 84 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: For mature thematic issues and language
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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