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Queen Sized

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Complex messages for teens save so-so TV movie.

Movie NR 2008 87 minutes
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Unexpected stereotypes are shattered in this TV movie, and this lack of predictability is what sets this drama apart from so many other teen-driven stories with a positive message. For example, Tara isn't a vindictive witch. She's actually a nice person with a brain of her own who's captain of the debate team ... and just so happens to date the school's dreamy quarterback (OK, so apparently some stereotypes are worth hanging on to). And Maggie's unhealthy habit of binge eating in times of emotional stress (which is shown in relatively graphic detail) is actually dealt with thoughtfully.

The things that hold Queen Sized back include weak dialogue that smacks of an "after-school special," a few improbable plot twists and the decision to use co-star Annie Potts as both Maggie's mother, Joan, and as a sort of glammed-up devil that sits on Maggie's shoulder and makes her feel bad about herself. Still, it's nice to see a movie about high school that nobly tries to step out of the box.

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