Braceface

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Unpredictable braces wreak havoc; kids will enjoy
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 20 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, content-wise, there isn't anything in this show for them to worry about. It's an entertaining, if somewhat bland, cartoon about a 14-year-old starting high school and trying to fit in. Traditional issues of adolescence are highlighted, including dating, high school culture, responsibility, and, of course, braces.

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Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Braceface

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): Some kissing and flirting. Violence (Not an Issue): Some slapstick-style humor. Language (Not an Issue): Occasional usage of... Continue reading
Adult Written byKitty1396 April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old April 12, 2011

a good show for girls

This is a girl show, i watched it on utube, its kinda funny and the girls are kinda cute in it (for drawings that is lol) my sisters like it a lot, but its kin... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

In BRACEFACE, Sharon Spitz (voiced by Clueless' Alicia Silverstone) is a pretty, blond 14-year-old, starting high school and learning a lot about growing up. Surrounded by friends and family, she has one major obstacle to prevent her life from running smoothly -- her braces sometimes create a magnetic field that causes various kinds of trouble, such as opening her best friend's diary or sticking her to the chandelier.

Is it any good?

Braceface is typical of a lot of TV fare about teens -- strange braces aside, life seems a lot simpler for these characters than most teens probably find it. But the show addresses the major issues of adolescence -- freedom and responsibility, the social perils of high school, starting relationships, and so on -- in a nicely straightforward way. The situations are fairly clichéd: Sharon's mother goes out of town, and the kids throw a huge party; Sharon likes a new boy but leaves a message for him on someone else's cell phone; Sharon's best friend has a crush on her English teacher.

And, of course, each episode is punctuated by Sharon's braces acting weird. The show might be better without this device. It does attempt to take on some of the real issues facing teens. But ultimately it's rather lightweight and, well, cartoony. There's nothing wrong with that, but it could use a bit more substance and less silliness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Sharon's experiences and the consequences of her behavior. How do your kids feel about braces -- do they dread having/needing them? Are Sharon's experiences humorous?

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