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Tru Confessions

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Family drama veers between irritating and heart-wrenching.

Movie NR 2002 83 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Perhaps a misunderstood gem

A lot of the reviews here are pretty recent for a nearly 20 year old film. I assume like myself its because we watched it on Disney +. Im writing this after only my 2nd watch. I was way too young when this came out. I too also believed "WOW this girl is uncomfortably annoying." To the point where her more "realistic" behavioral patterns obstructed the tone of the film. (like after she found out the results of the contest?) I say realistic because lets be honest, this is actually an accurate portrayal of what a 14 year old girl in this situation would act like. I guess we're so used to teenage girls being unreasonably upheld as role models who always know how to cope with a messy situation— even fictional ones. I say that while being the "eddie" in that situation. I guess the reason why I give the main character's unlikeability so much leeway is because unlike her, my family has never amended for the mean spirited and ableist way they victimized me over and over because of my disabilities. The movie gives a pretty decent example of someone who has made mistakes, and learns from them. Her behavior kinda goes unpunished but it doesn't go without growth. the conclusions she comes to would be quite mature for her age. Plus numerous other characters also see and learn fro their failings. This movie is a hidden gem and it makes me wish for when Disney Channel Original movies discussed difficult real world issues (Color of Friendship) and not make films merely ALLEGORIES for real world issues, (i.e. ZOMBIES). I can't however bring my self to give it a full rating because I had also watched I Am Sam recently, and like that movie this one also makes me a little uncomfortable with a neurotypical child giving a "great performance" as a special needs character, as well as a perhaps an inappropriately frequent use of the word "ret*rd."
age 7+

How do I give the reviewer a one star rating?

Don't listen to the critic on this website. This movie is fantastic and realistic. Maybe in fairytale land a young girl is going to perfectly cope and mature with a disabled twin brother. I have a mentally disabled brother in real life. It's a struggle trying to not pull your hair out between your disabled sibling frustrating you and the outside world being cruel to him. The movie captures this well. The struggle growing up led to me being intolerable to many others. This movie is about character growth. If you want to watch a movie where the characters are perfect human beings from the opening scene then go see some of the critic's 5 star rated movies.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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LaBeouf is the shining star in this made-for-TV Disney movie from 2002, playing developmentally-disabled teen Eddie with warmth and authenticity. This tender performance is the movie's saving grace, although -- be warned -- it's also the source of several tear-jerking moments. As his twin sister Tru, Bryant puts in a solid performance, but unfortunately her character is so irritating it's difficult to warm to her. She's rude to her Mom, blames her Dad for working too hard, and loses her temper with her brother.

Perhaps Tru Confessions is meant to give an insight into the challenges of growing up with a disabled sibling, but her endless navel gazing, obsession with filming herself, and lack of appreciation for her comfortable home and loving family make Tru the kind of person you just can't feel sorry for. It's not all misery and self pity -- we see the loving bond between the siblings, and Tru does just about redeem herself by the end. But the constant flow of negative emotion prevents this well-intended story from bringing any real joy.

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