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Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Dark comedy about religion has cursing, sex, drinking.

PG-13 2004 92 minutes

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age 15+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 20 reviews

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age 13+

No positive message?

I’m confused...I’ve watched this movie several times, and while there is a lot you can say about it, I’m really surprised and disappointed that CSM says there is no positive message. Throughout the movie, viewers are reminded that God is not a weapon, the Bible is not a weapon. In one of the climactic scenes, a main character asks why God would make us so different if He wanted us all to be the same? I feel that message of acceptance is incredibly positive and one that I encourage and nourish I my own children. To each their own, but I believe this movie has many positive messages including those of acceptance, recognizing that all life has value, and that we have the capacity to change and grow.

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age 16+

Worst movie I've seen in years.

Terrible movie! It's a comedy that is at best marginally funny. What's more offensive is it's presentation of Christians, particularly parents and the leaders of the Christian school as hypocritical and untrustworthy. It's a subtle but strong message of, kids, don't trust your parents or Christian leaders, instead listen to your outlier peers who embrace very different values.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 28, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: October 5, 2004
  • Cast: Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, Mandy Moore
  • Director: Brian Dannelly
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: strong thematic issues involving - sexual content, pregnancy, smoking and language
  • Last updated: April 2, 2022

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