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Parents' Guide to

The Sleepover

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Family-friendly action tale has humor, mild violence.

Movie NR 2020 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 11+

Fun for older kids

This is a pretty fun movie but not sure where the rating 8+ came from, it’s a bit more mature than that in many parts. Teenagers lying to parents and sneaking out, younger boy commenting about “feeling boobs on my back”, to which his friend responds “that’s first base!”
age 12+

Not for kids 9 and under but still a good movie

First off this should not be rated 8+ but still a decent movie I think it should only be watched by kids 12 and up.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (23 ):

The Sleepover is, simply put, good family fun. The plot isn't wildly original and the action is pretty predictable, but the characters are sketched in such a loving and silly way that it's hard not to like and root for them. This is especially true for the parents, played with charm and physical adroitness by Malin Ackerman and Ken Marino, and the son, an adorably clueless yet clever misfit perfectly embodied by Maxwell Simkins. All of the child actors are believable in their roles.

There's also some interesting commentary on modern-day parenting built into the script. The kids chafe against overprotective moms, calling them out for losing sight of their own lives in their quest to offer round-the-clock care. Three out of the four lead children have peanut allergies. One little boy, the son's friend, Lewis, is burdened with a laundry list of "not allowed" rules and supposedly helpful gear (like nighttime undies with a built-in moisture alarm system). It's all played for humor, but when Lewis breaks the rules and eschews the gear, he seems to finally feel he's living a little. It's a message parents might take to heart.

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