Parents' Guide to

Terry the Tomboy

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wacky Internet star sends solid messages about self-image.

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It's delicate -- and sometimes futile -- work to transform a favorite Internet character designed for three-minute sketches into a viable movie (think Fred many times over). But some unexpected magic happens at the hands of Internet sensation Johnson's TERRY THE TOMBOY, and the result is laugh-out-loud entertainment that boasts some really likable themes about self-image, relationships, and standing up to conformity. This is a girl who salivates over grilled meat, favors flannel because it's comfortable, and isn't afraid to be seen with dried pie on her face. She's unique, she knows it, and, more importantly, she loves it.

Fans of AwesomenessTV will like that this movie incorporates markers from Terry's skits, including unpredictable cut-ins and a series of the self-proclaimed tomboy's wisdom-imparting guides to various aspects of life. Impressively, though, the movie doesn't rely solely on this familiarity to entertain. The story is simple enough -- girl meets boy, girl changes image to turn boy's eye, girl decides to embrace her individuality instead -- but the trick is in how convincingly Johnson sells the performance. Ultimately that's what will get kids to sit up and take note of the story's great messages about self-esteem.

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