Parents' Guide to

Veronica Mars

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Charming, bantery thriller is made by and for die-hard fans.

Movie PG-13 2014 107 minutes
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Kickstarter success for fans

Veronica Mars fans celebrate KickStarter success Movie Title: Veronica Mars PG-13, 1 hour 48 minutes Grade: B+ In a Nutshell: Who says you can’t go home? Thanks to Kickstarter, fans of the Veronica Mars TV show finally get to watch a new, extended “episode” of their favorite fast-talking teen-detective, all grown up. The first couple of minutes of the movie sum up the entire Veronica Mars series so newbies can try to keep up. It even shows screenshots from the original show that ended 7 years ago. Fans are LOVING the movie. Snarky Veronica (the talented Kristen Bell who no one knew could sing so beautifully until Frozen came out) is soon to graduate from Stanford law school and begin a “grown up lawyering job”, creating a new life after leaving Neptune, California. Veronica’s ex-boyfriend, Logan (Jason Dohring), is now an officer and a gentleman, but in a heap of trouble, drawing Neptune’s “very own Angela Lansbury” back to her home town to help him solve a crime. Upon seeing him in uniform, Veronica tells him “You should only wear this. Ever.” Later he sees her dressed in her old high school attire and says the same to her. Fans will love this movie. Those being introduced to the characters for the first time will catch on quickly and enjoy the “who dunnit.” Uplifting theme: Keep a taser in your purse. (wink) Sometimes we leave to find ourselves, only to realize we were in the right place all along. Things I liked: Kudos to Kristen Bell for being featured in two movies in only a few months. Tina Majorino’s new grown-up do looks good on her. I wish I could spit out clever one-liners as fast as everyone in the movie. Things I didn’t like: That’s pretty convenient that the murder happens around Veronica’s 10 year high school reunion so we can see the old gang again. About attending the event, Veronica moaned “I circled that date in my calendar ten years ago and vowed to skip it.” Interestingly enough, everyone wore black at my ten year reunion too. I think the whole evolution of high school reunions is fascinating. I missed my 5 year reunion and heard that everyone just got drunk and trashed the hotel. At my 10 year reunion, some of the social lines began to blur and everyone was trying to prove to everyone else that they were successful. At my 20th reunion, everyone talked with everyone and began really opening up, sharing their failures and lessons learned in life. At my 25th reunion, it was a big love-fest and celebration of life with everyone hugging and kissing a lot. I hate to admit I’m getting this old, but at my last reunion (30 years), everyone got drunk and trashed the hotel again. Ha ha I knew for certain that I was missing out on some inside fan jokes since I had only seen a few episodes of the original TV series on UPN years ago. Who dates a guy named Piz? Things to look for: Logan’s beach house ON the beach rocks. Movie reference to The Accused in the bar scene on Karaoke night. Perez Hilton web site The Jean Genie clip with James Franco. James Franco is the new Kevin Bacon; we’re all only 6 people away from him. It was fun to see Eden Sher taking a break from her role as Sue Heck, the geeky teenager with braces on the TV sitcom The Middle. In Veronica Mars, she plays James Franco’s assistant Keep watching after the credit rolls for more footage of James Franco trying to put on jeans…but wait, there’s even more at the very end. Funny lines: “New me? People say I’m a marshmallow.” – Veronica When being stopped by the local police, Veronica’s dad explains: “It’s the Neptune way…protecting and serving the highest bidder.” “Wow. Two beers? That’s how long it takes for you to get surely?” - Veronica talking to black friend “Stay out of the brownies, unless you want to go on a long, strange trip.” – Dick The attorney says “A little free advice: murder suspect should avoid proximity to narcotics.” Dick says “Medicine Man, I got my card…chronic depression. You wouldn’t think, huh? Mmmm…I can feel my self worth coming back right now.” The attorney says “Facts are important. Yes, but lucky for us, they’re not the end-all, be all.” Classic attorney, right? “What do you expect? They’re Canadians.” – Logan “It’s a one-time deal. A farewell tour, if you will. Then again, did you ever hear the one about the junkie who was satisfied with just one more taste of the good stuff? Neither have I.” – Veronica “What’s the largest capacity memory stick we own?” asks Veronica. Her dad quips “Aw, you wrote that on my first Father’s Day card. “Deputy Sacks, kudos for rocking the stash til it came back in style” snarks Veronica to a 70’s looking cop in Neptune.” “I really don’t think you should trust her. She seems kind of skeezy.” – Andrea Estella “As it turns out, I am too legit to quit.” - Veronica “I appreciate you keeping it PG-13 for me.” – Logan “Come back to me.” “Always.” - (No spoiler alert) Fans will appreciate this scene in a deeper way than newbies. Tips for parents: Talk & clip of a sex tape, profanity, 1 F-bomb, murder, shootings, inappropriate sex talk.

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If you watched the show, you're in for a treat, but if you didn't, this is still a worthy and well-written mystery/comedy. The best advice to prepare for Veronica Mars the movie is to watch all three seasons of the cult favorite on DVD or via a streaming subscription. Fans of the show will obviously be enamored with this theatrical follow up, which writer-director Rob Thomas seemed to write as one long thank you to the diehards who kept raving about the show long after it's premature cancelation. But you don't have to be a series follower to enjoy the movie. Sure, you may not get all of the inside jokes or quotes that reference the series, but you will still revel in the witty writing and the exceptional performances by actors who clearly love their characters.

Although the movie's central mystery is "who killed Logan's girlfriend?" (it obviously wasn't Logan, or Veronica wouldn't have flown cross country to help him), this is a story about how you can't escape your roots, about figuring out who you are and who you love, even if it's not exactly what you expected. Without giving too much away, let's just say that this is part mystery, part love story, part father-daughter drama -- just like the show. Most of Veronica's pals and former antagonists get some screen time, like Wallace and Mac (Percy Daggs III and Tina Majorino); Weevil (Francis Capra), Dick (Ryan Hansen), and Gia (Krysten Ritter). Even Bell's real-life husband Dax Shepard has a hilarious cameo.

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