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Side Order of Life

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Inspirational Lifetime dramedy is sappy but sweet.

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Harkening back to the days of Ally McBeal, Side Order of Life portrays a smart, quirky young woman struggling to find meaning in her life. And, like her 1990s counterpart, Jenny sometimes has surreal visions (remember the dancing baby?). But while Ally was equal parts wacky and romantic, Side Order leans heavily on sentimentality, with plenty of soft-focus scenes and slow-motion montages. Still, despite its cheesier elements, Side Order is appealing. Even if the notions of true love and living life to the fullest are fairly trite foundations for a series, they're inspirational all the same, and they ring true for many people.

Adult themes make the show best for teens and up, though racy content is minimal. Discussion of lovers, attraction, and an occasional kiss are about as sexy as things get. But talk of cancer, dying, and broken hearts may be too much for some viewers, both young and old.

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