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The Clique

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Materialistic book series is just the same on DVD.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Review Date: November 21, 2008
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 87 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message here, and parents might not be happy to hear it, is:
Kids these days are smarter and savvier than adults might realize --
and can be much meaner too.

Positive role models

Massie is the flag bearer for basing her friendships on the labels her friends wear. Even
parents get in on the image-centric discourse. Dylan's mother tells her she
won't buy her a pair of pants until she gets back into a size 4 -- she's a size
6. Dylan then goes on a diet. The DVD is supposed to be a parody, but it's a
very fine line

Violence

Rude behavior and insults could be considered emotional violence to some.

Sex

These seventh graders have never been kissed, but they obsess over older boys, even scheming to win a boy's affection by jumping out of a cake, scantily clad.

Language

Girls call each other "bitch," among many other insults. Also "hell," "pissed."

Consumerism

Label worshipping to the extreme. From Prada, Fendi, Micahel Kors, Missoni and BCBG to the frowned-upon Gap and Old Navy, many mentions and much ado about clothing. Though she does not have the money to dress like the other girls, Claire lies, wheedles and takes donations from others to get the status symbols she thinks she needs.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Parents have cocktails at a party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this DVD based on the popular Clique book series by Lisi Harrison intends to make light of tweens' obsession with wearing the right clothes in order to fit in. The fashions themselves, the quest to achieve them, and the rude behavior that surrounds those who have them are all glorified. The music thumps a little louder and the shots are a little slicker when these 12-year-olds are parading down the school hallway in their designer duds.

What's the story?

Claire Lyons (Ellen Marlow) doesn't realize what she's in for when she moves to Westchester County, NY. Her family is moving from a middle class Florida neighborhood to one of the chicest suburbs in the world. And to top it off, Claire is staying in the guest house of Massie Block (Elizabeth McLaughlin), queen of the clique called "The Pretty Committee" at Octavian Country Day school. Massie lives in a fairy tale -- designer room, designer clothes, beautiful hair, a pony, a chauffeur, and friends who all live in mansions and have credit cards at their disposal. Claire quickly learns that she's not welcome in this clique, especially wearing her Old Navy clothes. She immediately begs her mother to buy her some new duds, feeling desperately out of place. The clique continues to taunt her -- Massie in particular -- dissing everything about her. Claire finds a way, though, to fit in, if only for a moment. But how long will her new friendships really last?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

In this glimpse into the supposed lives of the ultra rich, tongue-in-cheek as it may be, there is the feeling that perhaps this portrayal of spoiled girls is not so far off the mark. Even more frightening is the fact that down-to-earth Claire admits that she wants to be friends with Massie and the girls even though they abhor their meanness. Claire's mother does a good job of bringing the family's values to the forefront of their conversation. She says things like, "She's going to like you because you're you, not because of what you wear." (Yeah, right.) After Claire has been humiliated and taunted relentlessly by the clique, her mother soothes her by saying, "You can't make someone like you." True enough, but the moony gaze that shines on Claire's face when Massie gives her a flower speaks volumes. Such complexity applied to the perils of middle school social ranking is heart wrenching, and it rings true, even if THE CLIQUE is meant to be a parody.

The acting is quite good across the board. The 12-going-on-25 routine is played flawlessly by Elizabeth McLaughlin. Though it's soaked in the trappings of luxury, there is a message here, and parents might not be happy to hear it: Kids these days are smarter and savvier than adults might realize -- and can be much meaner too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to wear nice clothes. Some parents might remember Benetton sweaters, Ray Bans or Air Jordans being the must-have items when they were in high school. But cost-wise, these luxury goods were "bargain basement" compared to what The Pretty Committee wears every day.

  • Why is it so crucial to Massie that her friends wear the season's best,

  • most expensive clothing?

  • Does this movie ring true for tweens in your

  • town? Should parents give their tweens credit cards with no limits? Why

  • or why not?

  • What would you do if you were in Claire's (tennis) shoes?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 18, 2008
DVD release date:November 18, 2008
Cast:Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ellen Marlow, Sophie Anna Everhard
Director:Michael Lembeck
Studio:Warner Home Video
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Book characters
Run time:87 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:thematic material, rude behavior and language

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Teen, 14 years old Written bypinkzebra97 August 27, 2011

Perfect tweens and up

I loved this movie the first time I watched it! It could be better than both Mean Girls movies. It had some iffy language for a pg movie, definitely a more intense pg movie, and these 7th grade girls dress as if they're 15. Definitely for 11 or even better, 12 and older.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bygodessingmom May 8, 2009

Remind your daughter that their behaviour isnt right

Good movie! But I think it sends out a bad message, many girls in my daughter's class have been getting meaner these days trying to pretend to be like the clique, so I find this a good fun movie but not to be taken seriously
Teen, 13 years old Written byBookLover2 April 11, 2010

A 5 year old could watch this. Hilarious for all ages!!

It was a really hilarious movie. But why does it matter parents had a cocktail at a party is that bad?? Inappropriate?

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