Parents' Guide to

Uptown Girls

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A lame, predictable comedy.

Movie PG-13 2003 93 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Dont bother watching

Really boring, a total waste of time but the ending is sort of good.
age 9+

This movie has it ALL!

What a fantastic movie! You'll laugh, you'll cry, you may even die a little inside... But it's worth it in the end ❤ #MollySmiles

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Our review:
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Kids say (7 ):

This odd couple troops along the well-traveled path from antagonism to understanding, with every single beat loudly telegraphed in advance, and every development indicated rather than shown. It's a real shame that the studio decided to make this a PG-13 movie, because younger audiences would be more likely to appreciate the story, with the little girl teaching the big girl a lesson, and they would be more forgiving about the movie's predictability because they have not seen dozens of movies just like it, only better.

The unaffected charm Murphy showed in Clueless and Driving in Cars With Boys has disappeared. Her attempts to be twinkly and adorable are a little grotesque here. It doesn't help that the plot has her taking pratfalls every time it runs out of ideas, which is often. Her love interest is so bland he is almost invisible. There is something a little creepy about the way she uses her father's artifacts to seduce him, and something very creepy when he has an affair with Rae's mother. Fanning shows great class and presence, giving far more to her character than the script does. She shows us the vulnerability and loneliness inside Rae's bossy control freak and it is impossible not to be touched by her devastation over her father or her triumph when she allows herself to loosen up.

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