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So Undercover

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Miley Cyrus stars in this forgettable dud of a campus comedy

Movie PG-13 2013 94 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

i def wouldnt show this to kids ???

It is miley cyrus so it naturally pulls kids in but the language in this is definitelly not for kids?? It feels like they meant to target late teens but they failed. This is just a bad movie folks. Dont let your kids watch this there is literally a whole scene where miley and the the dude protagonist re enact BDSM. Super not appropriate I cant believe I come online to see people talking about showing this to kids like Anyway, it is just a bad movie all around. Bad directing. Bad dialogue. Bad acting. Bad writing. Bad. None of it makes sense. Super bootleg Miss Congeniality.
age 10+

So bad

So I wouldn’t recommend this for kids at all frankly. Yes it has miley cyrus but it sucks. It has nothing on more developed later soriety media, like scream queens, where the girls have good word use, etc. This is like so bad; it hates on girly things as shallow and is just frankly bad. I had to stop watching to write this to save myself ptsd.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

So Undercover hinges on the very limited acting talents of Cyrus, who has proven once again (as with LOL) that she's not ready or able to carry a movie. Scottish director Tom Vaughan has made four very different movies -- from the weepy sick-kid drama Extreme Measures to the outlandish romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas -- and So Undercover had the potential of living up to his entertaining debut feature, Starter for 10, which also followed an eccentric group of college kids. But that campus comedy starred a young James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic Cooper and Alice Eve.

It's not that Cyrus is the only weak link in the story: the plot is predictable, the characterizations either flat or completely unbelievable (one co-ed is a chemistry major but doesn't know the definition of some basic words), and even the "twist" can be deciphered halfway through the movie. Piven and O'Malley are wasted in the film, so it's no real loss that they phone in their performances. Bowman, who stars on ABC's primetime soap Revenge, is handsome enough, but the romance between he and Cyrus is forced. The only redeeming aspect of the movie is the tender and close relationship between Molly and her father -- but that gets overwhelmed by the SO, like, ridiculous depiction of college life.

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