The Pretty One

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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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

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Other people may seem like they have life all figured out, but that's not always the case. That's why it's so important to be yourself, to figure out life on your own, even if you're not entirely sure who you are.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Laurel learns to be comfortable with who she really is after spending some time living as her identical twin. She lies to everyone about her identity, but she's got a good heart.

Violence

A sudden car accident with tragic consequences. Some intense arguments between family members. Two men get into a brief fistfight that leaves one bloodied.

Sex

Some intense kissing and cuddling, and a few scenes that show couples about to have sex, or soon afterward. No nudity.

Language

Some swearing, including "d--k," "ass," "s--t," "bitch," "balls," "hell" and various versions of "f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One scene features a girl getting drunk while swigging from a liquor bottle, and a guy drinking several beers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Pretty One is a quirky dramedy that teens might enjoy, but that includes some sexual situations as well as a bit of strong language, including "s--t" and "f--k." Expect a sudden car accident with tragic consequences and a single fistfight. Adults drink a bit, sometimes excessively.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove July 26, 2014

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.... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 and 14 year old Written byurbanmama July 21, 2014

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 exper... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMattz157 February 5, 2017

What's the story?

Laurel and Audrey are identical twins (played by Zoe Kazan). Audrey has moved to the city and built a life, while Laurel never left home, and takes care of their widower father. After a terrible car accident, Audrey dies and Laurel decides to assume her identity and take over her sister's life, including her job, her friendships, and even her tenant, a down-to-earth charmer (Jake Johnson). Eventually, Laurel must come to terms with who she really is.

Is it any good?

THE PRETTY ONE takes an interesting premise -- what happens when a woman loses her twin -- and explores it with some compassion, as well as a charming lead in Kazan. But what could have been an in-depth meditation on identity and loss turns into a lightweight one, relying too heavily on the romantic threads of the plot that sometimes feel tonally incompatible with a story about a real tragedy. At times, you don't know if it's okay to be laughing when there's so much to mourn; Laurel's decision seems desperate at best and disturbing and worrisome at worst -- neither of which feels right to mine for comedy. It feels like two separate movies sometimes: a romcom and a family drama. And like Laurel, perhaps the filmmakers needed to decide which identity the movie really wanted to inhabit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Laurel's decision to take over her sister's life. What did she learn while pretending to be someone else? Would you ever try to pull off something like this?

  • Who is the audience for this movie? How can you tell?

  • Why are movies obsessed with twins? Can you think of other stories that involve twins?

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