Parents' Guide to

School of Life

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dramedy about loss has positive messages, mature themes.

Movie PG 2002 111 minutes
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This drama's heart is in the right place, and it offers a lot of positive messages, inspiring role models, and even a few laughs. (That is, for families with tweens and up who can handle the occasional strong language and themes involving loss.) Ryan Reynolds is affable and surprisingly understated but lacks real spark or genuine charm. School of Life offers some real, if small, laughs, but some of the dramatic aspects of the story feel forced. The made-for-TV production quality and supporting cast that doesn't quite find the spark add up to a movie that's overall enjoyable, if not nearly as life-changing as it wants to be.

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