Parents' Guide to

Radio Rebel

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sweet story celebrates self-expression and conquering fears.

Movie NR 2012 89 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 18+

Low mood has been acquiered

My children keep saying "No, I'm radio rebel" like some sort of hypnosis has been performed on them. It's driving me bananas. Also i found a magazine articule of debby ryan modelling with her face scratced off under Josiah's bed. This movie can turn your children violent. I tried to turn off this movie and to my horror, Latisha (my 14 year old) growled at me and tried biting my toe off and licked my cheek. Debby you turned my children into beasts. I want them back please God.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+

Worst Movie Ever

I wish I could unsee this movie. It is the most vulgar movie I have ever seen, and trust me, I have seen my fair share of vulgar movies. I am a huge fan of Debby Ryan but she really let me down in this one. It feels like they were trying to create an adult film for preteens. I would never let my children watch this because it would teach them to rebel against society and I’m all about sticking to the status quo. I would like to end this review by saying it that if I met radio rebel in real life, I would have her apprehended immediately and sent to prison.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9):
Kids say (29):

There's a lot to like about what this movie has to say to kids. Positive messages out of the mouths of kids' favorite TV stars rarely fall on deaf ears, and Radio Rebel is no exception to Disney's practice of recycling its most familiar faces to promote worthwhile themes for its young audience. Ryan is her usual charming self in this funny, heartwarming story about conquering fears -- so much so that it's actually difficult at times to believe the shyness she portrays throughout much of the movie. But kids will take an immediate liking to her, and those who can identify with her plight of social anonymity will most appreciate the changes she tries to effect among her peers. Add to that a sugary-sweet developing romance and a surprising social alliance between former foes.

That said, it's worth noting that for all the good she does, Tara actually battles the bullying she experiences with a sort of peer pressure of her own. At her prompting, her classmates demonstrate their solidarity against the status quo and take a stand against an authority figure. Still, the outcome is predictably rosy, and kids probably won't associate this influence with the more common and less desirable type of peer pressure. And it does serve to remind viewers that with enough effort, everyone can help set into motion the changes they'd like to see in their own communities.

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