Sleepover

  • Review Date: November 22, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Not for younger kids, despite its PG rating.
  • Review Date: November 22, 2004
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although some of the characters' problematic behavior has consequences (getting caught trying to order a drink, for example), plenty doesn't, and overall there's not a lot of responsibility taken or learned during the course of the movie.

Positive role models

The young teen characters get up to lots of iffy stuff, from sneaking into clubs to vandalism to making a date with an older man they met online. They also lie and discriminate a girl who's overweight. Not much diversity in the cast.

Violence

Mild tension and peril; skateboard/car crashes/wipe-outs. Some slapping-type confrontations between both girls and girls and boys.

Sex

Kissing/making out, references to "hooking up," cleavage, etc. Implied nudity (off screen).

Language

"Hook up," "oh my God," "hell."

Consumerism

Some intrusive product placement from brands like Old Navy.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teens sneak into club, and a 14-year-old orders "Sex on the Beach" at the bar -- but she's carded and gets soda instead.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with the kind of parental concerns that aren't factored into the MPAA's rating system. The main characters -- young teenage girls -- sneak out of the house after promising not to. They make a date with a man they met on the Internet with the plan of getting him to buy one of them a drink. They then sneak into a club and drink alcohol. One girl secretly watches a boy undress (from the rear, nudity off screen). They vandalize property, imprison a security guard, drive without licenses, make an overweight girl feel bad about herself. Many characters lie, including adults. One of the girls loses a boyfriend by refusing to "hook up" with him but apparently brags to her friends that she did. There is also some bathroom humor and intrusive product placement.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

SLEEPOVER is the story of Julie (Alexa Vega of Spy Kids) and three friends who participate in a scavenger hunt with a significant prize -- the favored "power" lunch spot for the whole school year. To win, Julie and her friends have to get a man they meet on the Internet to buy them a drink, put their clothes on the mannequins in the Old Navy store window, and steal a security guard's car decal and the boxers of the boy of Julie's dreams. They promise not to leave the house but sneak out anyway. At the club, it turns out that the Internet mystery date is none other than the girls' nerdy teacher. Once that gets sorted out, they continue their quest. They climb on a roof, run away from a security guard and lock him up, hide in a shower stall while a boy takes off all his clothes and then steal his boxers, and drive without permission or a license. Bottom line? They cause a lot of damage for which they take no responsibility.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sleepover is supposed to be a touching, lighthearted PG comedy, but these 14-year-old girls violate every rule they agreed to. While the movie pits the nice girls against the mean girls, by the end of the movie it's frankly hard to tell them apart. They lie, cheat, vandalize, steal, sneak out of the house and into a bar, order a drink with a man they met on the Internet, and sneak into a high school dance by telling the girl taking tickets she has to let them in so they don't turn into a lonely loser like her.

Vega and the other girls are appealing performers, especially Mika Boorem as Julie's best friend and Sara Paxton as snooty Mean Girl Stacie. The "why can't you understand I'm growing up" and "how can I survive if my best friend moves away?" themes will ring familiar with the intended audience, but the movie's irresponsible portrayal of extremely risky and destructive behavior and its distorted notion of girl power make it very iffy for tweens and eevn young teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether any of the characters in this movie can be considered a positive role model. Why or why not?

  • What kinds of consequences do you think the girls' behavior would have in real life? Why aren't those consequences fully shown here?

  • Why do you think Julie and Stacie stopped being friends?

  • What can

  • parents and young teens do to get used to the idea that kids

  • are growing up?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 9, 2004
DVD release date:November 23, 2004
Cast:Alexa Vega, Mika Boorem, Scout Taylor-Compton
Director:Joe Nussbaum
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship, High school
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic elements involving teen dating, some sensuality and language

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Teen, 16 years old Written bytexangirl97 August 20, 2009
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9
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i love this movie!

I love this movie! Normally I agree with CSM but this is just crazy. off for 13? I saw this movie when I was really little and I saw a 9 year old there and she loved it! There's nothing wrong with this movie.
Kid, 11 years old July 20, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Best Movie Ever!

I love this movie. It's a fun, light-toned, enjoyable comedy for tween sleepovers. Has a hint of drama and action along with romance and scenes of friendship. Was suprised that this movie was rated for teens! But would defiently watch this feel-good, laugh-out-loud comedy again for our sleepover. I am eleven and love this movie! Don't watch this unless you are a girl at a sleepover.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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