A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although Raven and her friends are teenagers, the storylines are pretty innocuous -– nothing too heavy here, aside from some mild barbs and teasing. They should be aware that because Raven is older in these episodes, there's more of a focus on dating than in earlier seasons of the show.
What's the story?
This collection of five episodes from the Disney Channel series That's So Raven follows the spirited teenager (Raven Symone) in some fashion-and-design related adventures. The comedy centers on Raven's psychic "visions," which aren't always entirely accurate, leading to silly, slapstick escapades. When Raven is hired as an intern to a famous fashion designer, she thinks she has it made. But reality hits when she discovers the intern life isn't so glamorous after all. Along for the ride are Raven's enterprising brother Corey (Kyle Massey), and her best friend Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol), who is always there to help Raven out of a jam. When Raven and Corey find themselves on a reality show à la Trading Spaces, the gang's high jinks are in top form. And in a bonus episode (the best on the DVD), Raven tries her high school's Internet dating service –- with surprising results.
Is it any good?
Although occasionally corny and saddled by some over-the-top acting, THAT'S SO RAVEN: RAVEN'S MAKEOVER MADNESS should appeal to tweens and fans of the television program. And for those wondering what became of the cute little girl who played Olivia on The Cosby Show, well, she's blossomed into a young lady with attitude.
Older kids may find some characters a bit one-dimensional and Raven's periodic squeals and screams somewhat irritating. Still, the episodes illustrate positive themes about family and friends and show how Raven has grown up through the series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the various relationships portrayed. Although Raven and her younger brother squabble, how do they also show their love for each other? Why does Dad encourage them to pitch in with chores while their mother is away, besides the obvious reason of teaching them responsibility? In the episode "Adventures in Boss Sitting," how could Raven have handled the situation better by just being honest with Devon and Donna?
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