A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The movie is far from a realistic commentary on teen life, since the main characters are Web stars who enjoy their status and have little responsibility to speak of. That said, they're generally worry-free kids who might act silly but don't get into too much trouble.
Positive Role Models
The characters lap up the attention that being Web stars brings, and Freddie especially enjoys being the object of female fans’ affections. Adults are scarce, and Carly’s authority figure is her older brother, who’s more immature than she is. But it's all in good fun.
Violence & Scariness
One obviously choreographed scuffle yields no visible injuries, though the combatants do use weapons like a long staff, chlorine gas, and balls attached to their wrists.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Carly has a crush on a cute classmate and sometimes acts silly and gets tongue-tied in his presence. A main storyline centers on iCarly fans’ heated debate over whether Freddie is romantically involved with Carly or Sam.
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Words like “oh my God,” “butt,” and “damnation” are audible, as is name-calling like “idiot.”
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Products & Purchases
The movie is part of the extensive iCarly franchise, which includes a popular TV series, CDs, and a full product line of clothing, games, and accessories.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this special offers more of the same witty banter and zany adventures that fans have come to expect from the iCarly group, so nothing here will be a surprise to established viewers. Little about the movie could be considered realistic, since the main characters are stars among their Web fans and clearly enjoy the attention, and there's a decided lack of responsible adult influence on the teens. The story dabbles in teen crushes and can't avoid promoting its parent series and like-named website (although there aren't any direct plugs), giving parents a good reason to talk with their kids about Internet safety and the media's power of persuasion.
Is It Any Good?
iCarly's devoted tween following surely will want to tune in for this latest installment in the series, and for the most part, there's no reason they shouldn't. If they're familiar with the show, then they're used to content that departs from the reality they likely know. These characters enjoy freedom and star status that most kids can't relate to, but it's clear the intention is just plain fun.
By far the high point of this otherwise fairly lackluster movie is the addition of Black, who brings his trademark eccentric humor to the talented cast. There's no reason to worry about your tweens tuning in, but because the show integrates with a partner website that kids may want to visit (if they haven't already), it gives you a good reason to start a discussion with them about using the Internet safely.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.