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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Overall struggle for harmony wins out over characters' weaknesses.
Positive Role Models
Emily and her friends are the underdogs, so their diversity stands out against the snotty Malibu girls. Wendy has a habit of fibbing, but she learns her lesson from it.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some reference to being gay, and a couple of moments when the mom's disguise forces her hand as a male, including giving a kiss. Lorenzo is a pretty slimy guy who makes references that may go over the heads of some younger viewers.
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The word "hussy" is used by a father. Becca is disrespectful to her mother, saying: "You suck, Mom." She apologizes later. Italian speakers might get an earful from Lorenzo, who curses in his mother tongue.
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Products & Purchases
Malibu girls' material wealth is portrayed as contemptible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the theme of disguise creates slapstick moments of sexual tension. There is also tension at home, as the family is still mourning the loss of the father figure. Teen daughter Becca (Emily Osment of Hannah Montana) can say some pretty mean things to her mom, Wendy, but the two make amends in the end. Wendy also has a habit of fibbing, which gets her into pretty big trouble. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tweens who know Emily Osment from Hannah Montana will love her performance in this movie. Playing Becca Handler, she is able to portray a young teen whose loss of her father is confusing, as well as painful. Her mom, Wendy, has her hands full as a single mom of three -- barely keeping the dog out of the refrigerator. But she takes a big risk to masquerade as the role model that she feels will inspire her daughter.
As far as mother-daughter bonding movies go, this one is pretty light fare. But that may be why moms and daughters will enjoy watching it together. It covers the emotional complexity that follows a loss, while providing genuine comic relief. Missi Pyle's ability to inhabit a character doesn't go unnoticed, though some of the plot twists are a little predictable. It's nice to see girls' sports taken seriously enough to be the center point of a movie.
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