Parents' Guide to

Summer Eleven

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Serious subjects handled delicately in best friends pic.

Movie PG 2011 93 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 9+
Girls are portrayed as real people, not Disney style kids. Deals with real issues and has a good view on friendship.
age 7+

A quiet, thoughtful movie

My ten-year-old daughter and I watched this movie together and loved it. I don't see how people could say the acting was bad--they girls acted just like real girls and not the sassy, made-up girls on the Disney channel. It was a hard year for our family and this movie allowed us to talk about how difficult/sad things happen to everyone at some time. It might not be the most entertaining movie ever, but it was a great mother-daughter togetherness movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (22 ):

There are so few movies about girls this age being regular 11-year-olds it makes this one seem refreshing somehow, despite its faults. The girls are all earnest, thoughtful, and sweet and feel very real. Their struggles are real, too, with a brother home from Iraq, impending divorce, and the sad result of a foreclosed home.



Thankfully none of these issues drives the movie to melodrama -- instead it errs on the side of movie-of-the-week patness. Living out of your car? Move into our guest house while you get back on your feet. Hmmm. And while the pace is leisurely like a kid's summer before homework and sports practice, it really drags in places, making the 93-minute running time feel much longer.

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