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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Tween-friendly movie lightly addresses bullying, popularity.

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 6+

Not the best

This is a movie that only people that are into high-school drama would like. I did not enjoy this movie a lot. Basically a friendship with a girl that is all about fashion and fame while the other is all nerdy and low profile. They both are exactly opposite and start a blog called ‘Geekly-Chic’ they both go on an adventure. 4/10 — What’s in this movie? Sexy stuff - A couple of kisses and some flirting among teens.
age 16+

Film was made with young adults in mind.

My wife and I watched this and agreed we would not show this to our kids until they turned 16 years old. For young adults only.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (19 ):

Based on a novel by Alexa Young, Frenemies sets out to explore the complicated world of on-again, off-again teen relationships and to illustrate why friendship should top the value list. Does it accomplish this goal? Yes, but the movie's worthwhile messages about social priorities and individuality come courtesy of sanitized characters and an unrealistic plot. These teens aren't coping with relatable academic pressures, complex relationships, or worries about their future. Instead, 14-year-olds are spending time at school plotting to land a dream job in the grown-up world, flubbing their way through someone else's fencing lessons while playing the role of a look-alike pal, and trying to reason with a pouting pet. Sound familiar? Probably not, and it's a good bet your tweens will find it a little far-fetched as well.

That's not to say Frenemies doesn't have merit. Kids can't possibly reach the movie's end without gleaning some positive lessons about relating to others, but the story's glamorous presentation of teen life -- where even the "geeks" are gorgeous and cutting school for a big-time job interview bears no consequences -- won't ring true with seasoned tweens. In fact, the movie's bound to be best received among the younger tween set thanks to its fresh-faced, familiar stars, all of whom are veterans of series from Disney and its network partners. The bottom line? The content is fine for grade-schoolers, and your kids are sure to enjoy seeing some of their favorite stars take on new roles and team up for a fun musical number at the movie's end, but it's worth following up with a reality check to make sure kids know the difference between real life and the movies.

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