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Avalon High

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Modern Camelot-inspired tale has great messages for kids.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Along with plenty of feel-good messages for kids, the story's roots in Arthurian legend expose kids to the classic tale.

Positive messages

Teens cope with real-life struggles like personal insecurity, relationship troubles, and uncertainty about their “destiny.” In the end, an unlikely hero emerges and challenges expected gender roles.

Positive role models

Allie and her friends have high principles and strive for honesty, fairness, and decency. Although a complicated love triangle among the characters prompts some secrecy for most of the story, in the end the truth comes out, and they deal with the repercussions in a mature way. All of the characters assume their new destinies with a sense of purpose for the greater good rather than for selfish reasons.

Violence & scariness

A couple of obviously choreographed sword fights and a brief fistfight, but no injuries.

Sexy stuff

A handful of kisses and some flirting among teens.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there’s a lot to like about this tween-targeted movie based on the award-winning book by Meg Cabot. The characters embody positive traits like honesty, fairness, and a desire to find their unique place in the world. The story is rooted in Arthurian legend, exposing kids to the classic tale by making it more relatable with modern heroes and heroines. Viewers learn that some characters aren’t truly who they say they are, but overall the movie’s villains aren’t likely to scare kids, nor will the brief sword fights and other scuffles. Best of all, a final plot twist challenges assumed gender roles, again reflecting a more modern time and audience.

What's the story?

Allie Pennington (Britt Robertson) is used to being the new kid at school, since her parents’ jobs as professors of medieval history force them to move a lot. When they tell her she can finish out her high school years at Avalon High, she’s ecstatic about being settled for the first time. But a research project for history class turns up some surprising similarities between her new friends and the legend of King Arthur, and she begins to believe that Will (Gregg Sulkin), Jen (Molly Quinn), Lance (Chris Tavarez), and Miles (Joey Pollari) might just be the reincarnated roundtable clan. As the clues fall into place and the moment of enlightenment approaches, Allie is sure she’s on the right track, but the real truth is even more surprising than any of them could imagine.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

AVALON HIGH is excellent in its simplicity, reworking a classic legend to accommodate modern characters and society. The concept of an unwitting hero who gracefully handles the duties that accompany the title has wonderful messages for kids. Likewise, the predictably happy ending for all the characters reminds viewers that heroes exist in all degrees, whether their special talents are honesty, forgiveness, compassion, or self-sacrifice.

Of course, you can’t have an Arthurian tale without some romance or the fabled Excalibur, but neither violence nor sexual content is a concern here. What battles do exist are brief and mostly innocuous, and the romances only yield a few kisses. In short, this truly enjoyable story is a great choice for the whole family.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about legends. How much of the story of King Arthur do you believe? Where do you think legends get their start? Can legends like this one teach us anything? 

  • Kids: Who was the hero in this story? What circumstances thrust him or her into a hero’s role? Were there other good role models as well? Who are some of your heroes?

  • This movie was adapted from a book. What other movies have you seen that were books first? Which ones do you think did the best job of making the change? How does seeing a movie about a book you’ve read change your impression of the setting, characters, and plot?

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  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byawesomone72 November 8, 2010

Sweet Romance

I say above eleven because I don;t think anyone younger would be interested in it. I really liked this book. And it was clean. There is some kissing, but nothing outrageous. ;) It made me want to learn more about Camolt also, so it was education.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Educational value
Parent of a 5 and 9 year old Written byMomof2inCO November 13, 2010

Terrible ending to this movie

It would have been a cute movie, but the ending ruins it! My kids were confused and my husband and I were very put off by the ending.
Teen, 17 years old Written byGregor the Brown November 16, 2010

A Decent Film Destroyed by Overzealous Feminist

As someone who loves the original legend and good adventure films, I have to say that I found this movie fairly entertaining, but still rather disappointing. I found most of the parallels being developed in the film interesting, including the love triangle between "Will," "Jen" and "Lance." These were well thought out, and kept both the professor and the teenager in me entertained. The acting was decent, and it was loads of fun trying to catch the moments when Gregg Sulkin tripped up on his accent. Now for the bad. Don't get me wrong. I love plot twists; the less predictable the better. However, good plot twists are ones that you don't see coming, but never the less make sense once they arrive. This was not that sort of plot twist. This twist tramples every last one of those carefully built parallels and leaves behind an utterly demolished story. It is actually very sad, as this movie could have been fairly decent if the writers had not felt the need to ruin it with their absurd ending.

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