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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Moore and Ford rise above the hackneyed story, infusing the proceedings with their own chemistry and appeal. If only the adults responsible for this film could learn how to deal.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Moore makes Halley's awakening organic and touching. In an age when most teenagers are up to their eyeballs in postmodern consumer glitz, her movies seem radical not just in their retro squareness but in their unfashionable embrace of faith over ironic flippancy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    This is a movie whose title promises to show teenage viewers how to cope with the messed-up, grown-up world they are entering, not how to make it perfect -- or even how to make sense of it.

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Iffy for 12+

Even Moore fans may find this hard to deal with.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some strong language, and teen smoking and drinking. The grandmother's use of marijuana is portrayed as humorous. Halley's friend and her boyfriend have sex and she becomes pregnant. Halley begins to have sex with her boyfriend, but then stops because she says she does not want to care too much about him. Halley's sister comes home drunk from a bachelorette party with a male stripper's underwear around her neck.

  • Families can talk about how it can be hard to take emotional risks -- but harder not to.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A grandmother's drug use is played for laughs.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Car crash. A young character dies suddenly.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references and situations, including adultery and teen pregnancy.

  • language false3

    Language: Some strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teen drinking and smoking, and marijuana use (portrayed as humorous).