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Parents' Guide to

Picture This!

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen drama has lots of bullying, iffy messages.

Movie PG-13 2008 92 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 16+

Amusing (even to me as an adult) but terrible underlying themes

If you are in your late teens, maybe you get these things are hyperboles and that it is a twist on the Cinderella story? In some ways, it is an improvement over the fairy tale. I did cringe around the acceptance of casual sex -- especially the terms (hump and dump - yikes!) but an older teen would (should?) be aware of this. Many things made me cringe. I didn't watch a lot of movies with my daughter when she was a teenager. This would have been one that would have been amusing enough and allow for lighthearted discussions around some issues. I do have to say that Mandie's house was stunning -- especially as one on the other side of the tracks. Is that Hollywood's idea of the "have nots"? WOW!!
age 10+

It’s fine

Nothing wrong about it. I thought it was good.

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Adorable and talented, Tisdale (High School Musical) shines once again in this role as the lovably irrepressible Mandy, who always manages to rise above the adversity thrown in her path. Though it's certainly a stretch to imagine Tisdale as a social outcast, she puts her heart into the role and manages to make the story believable. Teens will enjoy the funny take on the social structure of high school and will cheer along with Mandy's friends as she challenges the popularity scale and sets herself apart from the catty popular kids just by being true to her heart.

That said, the movie definitely needs a bit of cautionary follow-up on a few levels, especially for impressionable teens. Mandy often uses her video phone to lie to her dad, contriving proof that she's at a friend's house studying when she's really getting ready for a party he's grounded her from. Other characters use their phones to exploit their peers' embarrassing moments, snapping photos of them in compromising situations and emailing them to friends. And then there are the iffy phrases the teens use -- like "hump and dump" and "do her and dump her." Finally, the movie implies that popularity is based solely on inherent factors like socioeconomic class rather than on personality. It's too bad these iffy messages distract from some of the fun.

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