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LOL Review

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Miley Cyrus overacts in sex 'n' drugs high school drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LOL stars Miley Cyrus in the American adaptation of a popular French coming-of-age drama that tackles mature topics including teen sexuality, drug experimentation, divorce, and parent-child relationships. Younger fans of Cyrus' Disney series Hannah Montana might be curious to see her first role since The Last Song, but be warned that the adolescent themes are really heavy handed. While not raunchy like an American Pie-type comedy, much is made of losing virginity, hooking up, sexting, and even trying to seduce a hot teacher. And it's not just teens having sex and doing drugs (marijuana) and drinking -- the adults do it, too. Language is common but not constant ("s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.), and the visible products are mostly technology-related (MacBooks, Facebook, smartphones).

  • Families can talk about LOL's representation of teen sexuality. How realistically does the movie depict the issues that teens face when deciding to have sex? What are the dangers of sexting?
  • Is the movie's mother-daughter relationship believable? Is it a good example of how teens and parents should communicate about tough issues?
  • Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

The good stuff
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    Messages: LOL encourages communication between parents and their teens and shows the consequences of lying. But lots of negative behavior also comes without consequences.

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    Role models: Not many stellar role models in this movie, but at least Lola and Anne are a closer-than-average mother and daughter, who -- despite their fights and disagreements -- learn to communicate openly and honestly. Most of the teens deceive their parents, lie during an overseas school trip, sneak around, drink, smoke, have sex, and act like grades don't matter.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A father gets angry at his son for getting poor grades and pushes him and smashes his guitar. Lola is upset that her ex-boyfriend calls her a "ho," so she starts shoving and slapping him until another friend intervenes; they're all sent to the principal's office.

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    Sex: Teens engage in various levels of sexuality -- from daydreaming about the attractive math teacher to discussing hook-ups to passionate making out and losing their virginity. One couple kisses half clothed in bed a few times, and then goes all the way (a condom is used). A girl hooks up with a guy in a bathroom stall (noises are heard, but nothing is seen). Divorced parents continue to have sex (although it's never shown). One girl is labeled a "post it note," because she "sticks" to any guy who lets her. A girl's caller ID on her boyfriend's phone is displayed as a photo of her bra-clad breasts. Two adults make love (the shirtless man lies on top of the woman, who's wearing a bra). A mother comments on her teenage daughter's Brazilian wax, saying "I don't want my daughter looking like a porn star."

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    Language: Lots of teen cursing, and some by adults, too. Words include "a--hole," "s--t," "ass," "bulls--t," "screw you," "stupid," "shut up," "damn." Lots of shaming language, too: "slut," "bitch," "ho." Lola calls her mother a bitch to her face.

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    Consumerism: All of the teens in the movie seem to own the same MacBook Pro laptop. Facebook is mentioned or shown a few times; a friend of Lola's drives a Vespa.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Regular alcohol and marijuana consumption by both teens and adults in social situations. In one scene, guests at a dinner party pass a joint in the presence of an off-duty narcotics officer, who doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Adults also smoke cigarettes. A grandmother asks a teenager at a party for a hard drink and then passes out from it.