The Pretty One

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Quirky dramedy with sexual situations and some language.

R 2014 90 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 15+

A well made chick flick

The Pretty One was quite enjoyable, the storyline was very interesting and different. Zoe Kazan is excellent and I'm becoming more familiar with her work. She plays two characters in the film who are identical twin sisters, Audrey (the outgoing, smart, pretty one) and Laurel (the curious, sweet, quiet one). Audrey left home like any other graduate to pursue a career in Real Estate while Laurel stayed home with her widower father with the excuse to take care of him. Laurel's life is pretty simple, making breakfast for her dad and doing what she loves most, painting. On their birthday, Audrey drops in to spend it with her sister and family. Out on the town, Laurel decides to get a hair cut like Audrey's so she can also be "the pretty one" before she prepares to move in with her and start a fresh new life, but they wind up in a horrible car accident and Audrey dies. After Laurel wakes up and discovers that her father mistakes her as Audrey, she continues to keep it a secret because she has always wanted to be her. The fake case of amnesia allows Laurel to learn facts about her sisters life, where she worked, who her friends and boyfriends were...etc so she can take over that life she's always wanted, even if it feels totally wrong. Later, Laurel breaks down with guilt and confesses her lies and tries to deal with the consequences. Violence is mild with a comedic fist fight between two men, some family arguments, a car crash (not actually shown). Language is not too frequent but we hear some f-words, sh*t, a**, b*tch, d**k and common name calling words. Sexual content shows a young woman losing her virginity to a teenager (lasts 6 or 7 seconds, no nudity), some relationship talk, some kissing, cheating is implied. There is some drinking. It's rated R mainly for language, OK for 15+ viewers.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
age 16+

Two Thumbs Down

Be forewarned the movie opens with a young woman having sex for the first time and the phrase "pop your cherry." Twin sisters with opposite life experiences and personalities get in a car crash: one twin dies, the other lives. She steals her sister's identity but never comes to terms with the fact she is living a lie and therefore cannot actually grieve her sister's death. The movie goes downhill from there. Acting by the female lead is shrill. Storyline is feeble and drags. In truth my 14-year-old and I decided to stop watching it, so we're not sure how it ended.

This title has:

Too much sex

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