What parents need to know
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.
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?
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.
Families can talk 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?