A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this fun-filled crossover episode about a cheating boyfriend from the casts of iCarly and Victorious will be a surefire hit among fans of the two shows, but it does raise some pertinent issues worth discussing with your kids. Teens manipulate social networking sites to predict a person's whereabouts and use the Internet to plot revenge on someone who's wronged them, both of which are sensitive issues among parents concerned about bullying (and cyberbullying in particular). Although the story keeps these references lighthearted and in the comical spirit of the movie, they offer a great opportunity to start a discussion about online safety and responsibility. References to the shows' partner websites (iCarly.com and TheSlap.com) might prompt kids' interest in checking them out. That said, these issues take a backseat to the dynamic cast, tween-friendly comedy, and messages about self-respect, honesty, and friendship.
What's the story?
In IPARTY WITH VICTORIOUS, Internet sensation Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) is blissfully in love with her new boyfriend, Stephen (Cameron Stewart), who splits his time between Los Angeles and Carly's hometown of Seattle. All is well until Carly happens upon an online photo of Stephen with Tori (Victoria Justice), a performance student at Hollywood Arts. Determined to find out the truth about Stephen's intentions, Carly and her friends Sam (Jennette McCurdy), Freddie (Nathan Kress), and Gibby (Noah Munck), and her brother, Spencer (Jerry Trainor), take a road trip to California to crash a party thrown by Tori's friend Andre (Leon Thomas III). Sparks fly when the truth comes out, and Carly and Tori join forces to get even with their philandering boyfriend.
Is it any good?
It's a no-brainer that uniting the casts of two wildly popular TV shows will be a huge draw for those shows' established fan base, and tween followers of iCarly and/or Victorious will be thrilled with the crossover plot that brings the big personalities of both shows to the same screen. The movie is a seamless addition to the plots of both shows, and if by some chance your tween hasn't yet met either cast, it's easy to get up to speed on the basics in this well-crafted story that's as full of fun and laughter as both of the series that inspired it.
As for the content, it's mostly age-appropriate for tweens (a few kisses between teens is as racy as it gets), and prominent themes like self-respect and honesty won't be overlooked by those tuning in. That said, there's the obviously unsavory behavior by the double-crossing boyfriend to contend with, which begs for an adult's input on healthy relationships. The fact that the iCarly team uses the Internet to suss out Stephen's whereabouts touches on issues of voyeurism, and there are cyberbullying themes to be found in the girls' use of the Internet to get even with him. Technology plays a big role in the story, with references to Twitter and Bluetooth commonplace; embedded promotion of the shows' websites (iCarly.com and TheSlap.com), as well as the downloadable theme song, is unavoidable. Few of these issues will jump out at tweens themselves, but don't miss the opportunity to talk with them about how the topics relate to their lives.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Internet safety. What do you use the Internet for? Do you share personal information on social networking sites? What are your family's rules about Internet use? What dangers exist with the Internet?
Tweens: In what ways are Carly and Tori good role models? How do their actions after they discover Stephen's secret make you admire them? What might you have done differently in their shoes? What does this movie have to say about relationships?
Tweens: What kinds of relationships are happening in your school? Do kids talk about romance or cheating? What are some elements of a healthy relationship?
Have you seen iCarly and/or Victorious? Do you like the shows' comedy styles? Did you think this movie complemented the shows? If you haven’t seen one or both of them, are you more inclined to watch after seeing this movie? Why or why not?
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