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  • 4.0

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Dunst, in her finest performance yet, has now transcended her fellow teen stars. She is arguably the first actress of her generation poised to take on Gwyneth and Julia.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Tougher, less sentimental mirror version of "Save the Last Dance."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Atypical teen drama about opposites attracting that often (and happily) confounds expectations.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Stockwell deserves kudos for working mental illness into a teen story without making it the explicit focus, as in simplistic exercises like "Girl, Interrupted."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

There's nothing new in this teen fantasy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes very strong language, drug use and drinking by teenagers, driving under the influence, sexual references and situations, and difficult emotional confrontations. An off-camera suicide and suicide attempts are discussed. The romance is inter-racial, triggering some hostility from both sides, and there is an ugly racial dispute.

  • Families can talk about the difficulty Nicole and her father have in showing love for one another, the way that Carlos does not want to have sex with Nicole until he can be sure it is for the right reason and at the right time in their relationship and the way that Nicole's love for Carlos (and for her sister, Megan) makes her want to get better so that she can feel she deserves to be loved in return. When did Carlos stop being a symbol to Nicole and start being a human being?

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Drunk driving, no one hurt.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters abuse drugs and alcohol, including teens.