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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Explicit peer pressure story for older teens.

Movie R 2003 100 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 16+

Not for kids

This is a good movie to watch as a young adult or older teen. Its a message about growing up and things people go through. Definitely not for young impressionable children. I'm seeing so many children on tiktok trying to be like the main character Tracy who smokes, drinks, takes drugs, has sex and cuts herself onscreen, also constantly putting herself in very dangerous situations. I'm so glad i didn't find this movie when I was younger

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.
age 11+


When you kids start to get older (in secondary) they are going to be HEAVILY influenced but that doesn’t mean you have to be strict helicopter parents. Me myself watch this film when it first came out (I was 12) I wasn’t influenced but I did tell mg friends about it and THEY WENT EITHER, even tho that’s a very small scale nobody I knew was effected. In the end your child are ‘likely’ to do these things so they might as well hear it from you first.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20):
Kids say (86):

This film has great strengths -- particularly its authenticity of detail and its genuine commitment, even tenderness, toward its subject matter. This really shows in the performances. Hunter is fearless in revealing Mel's fragility, her generosity, and the deep, deep love for her children that grounds her. Wood is breathtakingly open; every ounce of the joy and anguish she feels in heart-breaking relief on her face. Wood shows us Evie's wounded child inside the cool manipulator. The script has some particularly subtle and perceptive moments, especially when Tracy's father keeps asking for the problem to be explained to him "in a nutshell."

On the other hand, it would be nice if Tracy didn't have to take on every single one of every parent's worst nightmares; in addition to substance abuse, sexual involvement, lying, stealing, and failing in school, she develops an eating disorder and cuts herself. There are enough teenage problems in this movie to fill a decade's worth of after-school-specials. But the film's weaknesses are the weaknesses of youth and inexperience, and that is actually very appropriate for the subject matter.

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