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Dave White Profile

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

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    Entertainment Weekly

    Astonishingly (and offensively), the witless ending comes down harder on the women than the cad.

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  • 40

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Lame and unconvincing teen comedy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Sketchy high school revenge comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that they'll have to do some course correction after their teens see this movie -- which they'll all want to do. If your kids think this is how to relate to the opposite sex, they'll never find true love. The almost constant sexual references -- both visual (mostly girls in scant costumes) and verbal (slang for genitals and activities) -- are hormonally age appropriate but not recommended as healthy teen interaction. Sketchy behaviors revolve around a high school basketball star who dates multiple girls; the girls seek revenge by humiliating him in public. Their strategies involve crass gender stereotypes (girls get the boy to behave and dress like a "girl," assuming this is a bad thing). Characters drink alcohol.

  • Families can talk about whether this film presents a realistic depiction of cheating boyfriends and vengeful girlfriends. And what about revenge in general -- is it ever acceptable? Does John deserve to be put in his place? And while we're on reality checks -- whose mom looks like Jenny McCarthy? More seriously, though, what about the relationship between the mother and daughter? Does that bring up any hot spots with your own teens?

The good stuff
  • message true-1

    Messages: Girls engage in ongoing lying and tricking to "get even" with cheating boyfriend.

What to watch for
  • violence false-1

    Violence: Basketball games get rough (body slams; hits in crotches); face slap.

  • sex false3

    Sex: High school girls wear skimpy clothing; boys wear lacy thong underwear; some kissing and petting; references to STDs; discussion of effects of estrogen pills (jokes when boy starts crying and acting "girly"); use of phrase "uncork and pork" to refer to boy's dating strategy.

  • language false3

    Language: Several uses of s--t and one damn; pejoratives like "slut," shallow bastard," "pansy-ass."

  • consumerism false-1

    Consumerism: Shots of junk food/logos in school food center (Coca Cola).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking at parties.