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Playing Mona Lisa

By Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Funny movie for older teens.

Movie R 2002 98 minutes
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This movie distinguishes itself from the pack when Claire realizes that she doesn't need a boyfriend to be complete. She chooses to remain alone so that she can figure out what she really wants. Such a message is refreshing for young women conditioned to believe that romantic relationships are essential for personal fulfillment. Although Witt's fine acting carries the movie, a scene in which Claire's parents unknowingly eat drug-laced food showcases Gould and Thomas's comedic talents. While the movie doesn't glorify drug use, it doesn't condemn it, either.

Older teens will easily identify with Claire's breakup and the way she channels her disappointment into unhealthy pursuits. Less believable are the over-the-top personalities of her family--for example, it's unlikely that Claire's sister would be more upset about a ruined engagement party than about the discovery that her fiancée is gay.

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