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True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Movie's take on teen drinking sends iffy messages.

Movie NR 2008 87 minutes
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The movie's Lifetime slot is somewhat odd, making it unlikely to draw the film's target teen audience, and the story is a bit too juvenile and predictable for Lifetime's more seasoned viewers. But perhaps it will provide common ground for teen girls and their parents to watch together and discuss the topics it addresses. So if you tune in with your teens, don't miss the chance to follow up with a chat about responsible behavior, the real-life consequences of drinking, and tactics for standing up to peer pressure.

At first glance, the movie (which is based on the same-named book by Lola Douglas) seems like an amusing, feel-good tale about being true to yourself and taking responsibility for your life. And in many ways, it's a timely topic in this age of real-life teen stars behaving badly. (Maybe some of them would be well served by small-town life...) But unfortunately it deals very lightly with the weighty topic of underage drinking. At 17, Morgan is a recovering alcoholic who's been through rehab but still feels invincible, and she often muses during stressful times that she wishes she hadn't given up drinking. She also suffers a relapse in which she downs a bottle of vodka during an emotional low -- and her only repercussion is a brief hangover.

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