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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie highlights some of the issues surrounding teens, sex, and dating violence. Violence against women has negative consequences.
Positive Role Models
Elizabeth and Kelli are very close. Kelli isn’t perfect, but tries to help her cousin as best as she can. Marie and LeAnn are close sisters.
Violence & Scariness
Contains images of a teenager getting stalked and hit in the face, resulting in facial bruises and a bloody nose. Brief conversations about child abuse. A gun is used to threaten someone. Highlights from a slasher film contain brief images of women screaming and being chased by a killer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some strong sexual innuendo, plus images depicting specific sexual acts. Some discussion about losing virginity. Shirts come off, but no nudity is visible.
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Words like "douche," "slut," "crap," and "pissed" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
IPods and iPhones are frequently visible. Cars sporting the Mercedes-Benz logo are also visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this television movie, which is geared towards teens as well as adults, centers on the abusive relationship between a teenage girl and her boyfriend. While its content is highly dramatic, the movie serves to increase awareness of dating violence among teens. It contains scenes of a young woman getting grabbed and slapped, resulting in facial bruises and a bloody nose. It also contains some strong sexual innuendo, plus clear references to specific sexual acts. Words like "piss," "crap," "douche," and "slut" are occasionally used. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.