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Teen Spirit

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Teen comedy's stereotypes help illustrate pro-social themes.

Movie NR 2012 82 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

Great movie

I'm so confused with the people saying this movie has "to much sex". There's NO sex in this movie at all. I first watched this movie when I was 10 (might be too young for some kids that's why I rated it for 12+) I think this movie sends a really good message to kids and is definitely not an 18+ movie like some people are saying

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

Disney plus says it’s age 0+. It’s not.

It’s ok. But my six year old started watching because Disney plus says 0+. Definitely 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (22 ):

This enjoyable comedy delivers a worthwhile story about overcoming insecurities and battling peer pressure. Popularity and social ambition are hardly new plot points for a teen-geared movie, and TEEN SPIRIT's themes of tolerance, respect, and self-confidence won't come as a surprise to anyone who tunes in. In fact, there are few surprises to be found in this movie -- but, happily, that doesn't stand in the way of its positive message. Amber and Lisa are a delightful odd couple, and their unlikely relationship puts both girls in a position to learn something positive about friendship and respect. Their actions aren't always saintly, but the good news is that they learn their lesson, change their behavior, and use the experience to inspire others to do the same.

Of course, a story like this isn't believable without some stereotypes like "jocks" and "geeks," but teens will understand the role that these types play in illustrating behavior within the different student groups. Sexuality is prominent as it relates to popularity (girls flaunt their bodies to turn guys' heads) and as it's used to maintain a guy's interest, and there's some passionate kissing and fondling in a scene or two. All of this paints a fairly extreme picture of high school life for tweens, but teens will be able to weed through the fantasy, enjoy the humor, and pick out the positive aspects of this very funny movie.

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