Jinxed

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Funny family has positive messages about self-esteem.

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Educational Value

Positive messages about self-esteem and overcoming individual challenges.

Positive Messages

Viewers see a teen come to terms with an aspect of herself that she had allowed to interfere with her happiness. Though her particular affliction is pretty unique, this message about self-acceptance and confidence can be applied to any issue that a kid feels makes him or her different from others. The Murphy family has more than its fair share of bad luck, but they also have each other, and that proves crucial each time disaster strikes. Meg discovers that honesty and communication go a long way in bridging the gap between her and her social nemesis.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Given the circumstances, Meg keeps a pretty cool head about all her bad luck and the embarrassment it brings her, and she puts others' feelings first when she's faced with a tough decision. For their part, her friends come to accept her just as she is.

Violence & Scariness

All sorts of calamities befall the Murphy family, and, although they're mostly of the comical variety, a few pack a punch. Besides rank-and-file falls and accidents, there are a few explosions (in one a whole house comes down), electrocution (a girl's hair stands on end, but she's not hurt), an incident that sends a shoe flying at bystanders' heads, and playful slapping.

Sexy Stuff

A couple of kisses, and some flirting between teens.

Language

"Idiot," once.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jinxed is a family-friendly movie with pleasant comedy and some very likable themes about self-esteem and tolerating differences. Meg's attempts to undo a family curse has surprising effects on her and those around her, and she's forced to choose between what is right and what is easy. These messages are easy to relate to situations unique to your own kids' experiences, so there will be plenty to talk about after the movie's end. A budding romance yields some flirting and a kiss, and an antagonistic relationship warms once both parties take time to understand each other better. A supportive family unit that weathers ups and downs rounds out this enjoyable movie.

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Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2013

???

Have't seen it yet, but hey! First review!
Teen, 14 years old Written byHungergamergirl December 18, 2013

luv it

I luv dis MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the story?

In JINXED, Meg Murphy (Ciara Bravo) is a girl on a mission to reverse a century-old curse that's wreaked havoc on every member of the Murphy family tree. Freak accidents, clumsy spills, embarrassing mishaps at school –- Murphy's Law makes these everyday occurrences for Meg, her parents, and her siblings. Weary of replacing her things and abandoning ship when one disaster or another befalls their home (it's happened a handful of times this year alone) and hoping a chaos-free life will clear the way for a relationship with a cute new guy named Brett (Jack Griffo), Meg sets out to learn the secret behind the curse and its undoing.

Is it any good?

Jinxed puts a whole new spin on the much-maligned reality of Murphy's Law in this altogether enjoyable TV movie. Fans who have watched Bravo grow up on-screen in Big Time Rush and Swindle will love her in the role of "Hurricane Meg," so dubbed by a classmate tired of the mayhem she always manages to cause. Although the persistent bad luck breeds hilarious predicaments for everyone –- including Meg's grandfather, who takes shelter in a protective bubble -– it's Meg's attempts to control these explosive scenarios that provide the real laughs.

While kids likely (or, rather, hopefully) can't relate to Meg's particular brand of misfortune, Jinxed does a good job of bringing focus to its broader themes that remind viewers that everyone struggles with qualities about themselves they wish they could change. What Meg learns from attempting to change those qualities encourages kids to accept their own uniqueness as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the idea of a curse. Kids: Have you ever felt like you have extraordinarily bad luck? How did it affect you in a negative way? When bad things happen, can you put a positive spin on them?

  • Kids: What are your favorite qualities about yourself? What kinds of activities are you especially good at? Where do you struggle? Why is it difficult to cope with feeling different? 

  • Did you recognize the cast members of this movie from other shows? Are you more inclined to tune in for a movie or TV show when you know some of the players ahead of time?

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