Ok, I'm a dad, of two little girls 9 and 6. They started watching this movie in daycare and didn't finish. So my oldest came home and suggested it as a “Family Movie”. “It's rated G”, she says! (Warning sign #1) So she tells me it's called (Teen) Beach Movie. (Warning sign #2) So by now, the daddy antennas are flailing! I immediately whipped out the iPhone and got to googling. It led me here. I read reviews stating that it was ok, just overly quirky and tweenish and if you can make it thru that, you'll be fine. Good for 8 y/o, 9, 10! Hmmm. (Warning sign #... Ok you get where I'm going with this) This sites synopsis even says Family Fun... Well, let me be clear when I say my family enjoys family movies and this movie is not one I will be letting my daughters watch again, not until they're old enough.
Since when are Teen movies rated G??
G meaning General Audiences... The same G as our wonderful Disney favorites... Which had scary scenes with sorcery(Sleeping Beauty) violence(Peter Pan). Ok so I know some who have watched this movie would say, there's no swearing, no violence, no sexual references, nudity... Well, they would be right... Kinda.
This movie starts off great, although the first words uttered in an opening song say something along the lines of “I like this boy”. The story and setting starts taking place and everything is basically fine. Then when the kids (wake up) in a musical, the whole theme switches from one friend (girl) has to leave their friend (boy) and their favorite past time, surfing, to look at the "hot, steamy" teen heart throb this, and "girls know what boys like" that, and "girls wear our clothes tight to catch our guy" this, and "we let the guy tell us what to do"that... WTF man! Rated G?!!! Are you freaking kidding me?? No, movie rating people, this is worthy of parental guidance. By the way, the previous words in parenthesis were taken from the movie if you didn't follow me.
Now some will think that I'm over reacting... Ok, you decide for yourself. After all, you're the parent of your child, don't take my words for it. I would just suggest you watch it halfway before you subject a young lady under 12 to it. To me, it encourages, or reinforces in some cases, relationships with the opposite gender that are based on looks, physique, and social stereotypes of what to look for in a boyfriend or girlfriend. Teen s***. Excuse me. The movie started with great intentions, went into sexy mode, and ended in villain mode and wake up in real world mode. By this time the girl realizes that what she promised her aunt, although a promise, was something she could say no to and choose her own destiny. I'm all for that. Destiny's are chosen by the one who owns it. Now, where did she get this new found courage?? Of course it was from the fun she had, and the realization that the beach life is totally awesome, which it is. But the main place she got her courage from was when a fictional character from her and her friends simultaneous dream? says to her,“Don't let people tell you what to do in life....” At this point I paused the movie and asked my daughter of 9 did she hear what was just said that was an incorrect statement. Of course she said she didn't and then I explained: what would happen if the world stopped listening to good advice like look both ways when crossing the street or turning in a car. Or fasten your seat belt...! These are not things said to control, but to protect, out of care. I explained that what the girl meant to say was follow your gut and pursue your dreams. My daughter says,“I thought that's what she said.” Now we're talking conscious and subconscious mind... But some of you all aren't ready for all that...
Overall, not my kinda movie, not my kinda adult approved movie for young ladies under 12, and not what I would call family fun. Homeward Bound? Family Fun. Beethoven? Family Fun. Matilda, Annie, Hocus Pocus??! The list goes on... But this is a bunch of teens talking about stuff teens begin to think about. Not 9 year olds. Still think I'm wrong for my way of thinking? Take a look at your parents.... That's why. SMH