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16-Love Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Wholesome, lightweight teen tale features tennis, romance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 16-Love is made for tweens and teens who like to see an appealing, talented young heroine work hard to achieve success and romance, and to squelch a mean girl along the way. Tennis is the canvas for this story about independence, first love, and parent-child relationships. Other than being a veritable billboard for sporting goods products and beverages, there's nothing objectionable in this predictable movie with straightforward messages about growing up.

  • Families can discuss all the companies that advertised their products during this movie. How do the filmmakers benefit from showing those products? What do the companies hope the audiences will take away from this kind of exposure?
  • Why do you like watching movies about sports? Can you think of a sports movie you liked in which the team or player did not win "the big game" or match or tournament? Was that story still enjoyable? Why, and what did you learn from it?
  • What does it mean to be a "good sport"? How does this movie show both good and bad sportsmanship?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Stresses the importance of making wise decisions: "You are the sum of your choices." Though the film advocates for excellence, hard work, and committing oneself to a goal, finding a healthy balance between work and play is promoted as the ideal.

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    Role models: The film's heroine, an ambitious tennis player and all-around nice girl, learns an important lessons about acquiring balance in life and about standing up for herself. She achieves a degree of independence while wisely remaining respectful to her over-eager dad, whom she helps make positive changes in attitude as well. She would be a better role model if her character felt more real, less shallow. The movie has no ethnic diversity. 

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: A few romantic kisses resolve the budding love story.

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Identifiable products are featured throughout: DUNLOP appears in foreground and background frequently; other sporting goods and accessories (Head, Penn, Volkl,  Remind, LaCoste, Playmate, Silent Partner ball machine), beverages and energy drinks (Gatorade, Fiji water, Teatulia tea, CUBA, NOS, Red Bull, FUZE), also La Costa Resort, La Jolla Tennis Club, Wells Fargo, iPod. 

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue