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The Education of Shelby Knox

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Teen sex docu preps families for a healthy debate.

Movie NR 2006 76 minutes
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This film's honest portrayal makes it the perfect documentary for every parent of a teen to watch with their child if they're ready for a healthy debate to follow.

Being a teenager is hard enough without wading into the national battlefield that is sex education. But Shelby does so enthusiastically and intelligently and leads the viewer on a trip that's both thoroughly thought-provoking and anxiety-producing. This film captures not just Knox's convictions but also her earnest teen angst. After a fight with her parents, she bemoans, "I used to agree with my parents on everything. Then I became… a person. I guess everyone has to become their own person." And she is. She's looking for a boyfriend who won't see other girls, and trying to find the right friends, get into the right college, and keep her parents close.

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