Parents' Guide to

About a Girl

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

College-set comedy is iffy for young teens.

TV TeenNick Comedy 2007
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Teens will certainly find lots to laugh at in ABOUT A GIRL, but parents may be wary of the subtle messages it's sending to pre-college kids. The guys can be crass, chauvinistic, and downright gross, and some of their conversations just aren't meant for female ears. Most of the characters are negatively stereotyped -- the guys are obsessed with girls and sex and don't have much sense of responsibility, and the girls (aside from Amy, of course) come across as image-driven, judgmental socialites. And despite the show's university setting, there's little mention of classes or extracurricular activities.

Not surprising, the coed living situation (four guys, one girl, and one bathroom) means sex and sex-related issues come up a lot. Scenes routinely include one character accidentally catching another coming out of the shower or bumping into a partially clad girlfriend who's sleeping over. Guys and girls often talk about whether they're sleeping with anyone, and in at least one scene, sex noises (cries, moans, thumps, and bumps) are audible through the bedroom wall.

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