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Reviving Ophelia

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen dating violence makes this a watch-together movie.

Movie NR 2011 92 minutes
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This thought-provoking movie is inspired by a chapter of psychologist Mary Pipher's best-selling book, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. It uses the story of teen abuse to highlight some of the book's assertions, including the theory that young women make sense of who they are based on the cultural expectations placed on them. It also attempts to address how young women try to reject these expectations.

While Pipher's message is sometimes diluted by the show's dramatic plotlines, it succeeds at showing how young women can find themselves in abusive relationships, and how hard it is to break away from them. It also identifies some of the common misconceptions women in abusive relationships have about their role in the abuse. Parents may want to watch this one with their teens, and use it as a way to begin a dialogue with them about some of these issues.

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