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Parents' Guide to

The Outcasts

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smart-girls-vs.-mean-girls comedy has swearing, drinking.

Movie PG-13 2017 95 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Excellent Movie

This movie really tells the story of how people are judged in high school and how you can never expect things to fully go your way. Of course bad choices are made throughout the movie but it is still excellent and shows the power of friendship. A little bit of swearing and kissing, one session where 2 teens make out in a closet nothing is shown, no clothing besides a jacket is removed. Good family movie if you have kids 9+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Good for ages 10 and up

I think its good to watch for ages ten and up

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

The cast of charming veteran teen TV stars elevate this amusing, if derivative, entry in the "revenge of the nerds" subgenre of high school comedies about upending the social order. Sher is an expert at playing a geeky high schooler thanks to her years on The Middle, and Justice shows her range by trying on the role of a band geek with aspirations of becoming a singer-songwriter. Although mostly a comedy about the revenge-themed mission that MIT-obsessed Mindy launches against Whitney and her squad, The Outcasts is also a friendship drama about BFFs who must learn how to navigate their impending post-graduation separation. That particular aspect really resonates as authentic.

Of course, the Revenge of the Nerds-inspired part isn't without its entertaining humor. The way that the various geek groups band together is quite funny, particularly because Virginia has such thorough files on each "leader." The way the girls know how to poke through the armor and egos of all their potential allies is amusing, if cliched (there are plenty of "nerdy" teens who have no trouble finding dates). A highlight of the silliness is when precocious scientist Mindy unleashes a truth serum-like gas in public, and everyone starts blurting out confessional truths. While The Outcasts may not become a teen classic, it's diverting enough to rent/stream/watch with fans of the talented cast.

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