What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this winning (if unsurprising) sequel is sure to appeal to teens and older tweens who are fans of both the books it's based on and the four stars, who are veterans of TV shows like Gossip Girl and Ugly Betty. That said, the characters are older now, and this film takes on more mature themes than the first movie. Some characters are sexually active: One girl loses her virginity, only to have a pregnancy scare soon after. Two underage characters drink wine in one minor scene, there are heavy discussions about suicide, and friendships are tested in sometimes painful ways. But all of these issues are relatable, and it's refreshing to see a film take them on in a straightforward manner. It's also great to see empowered, interested, caring teens make their way in the world.
- Families can talk about what makes this movie different from other teen flicks. Is it a realistic or "Hollywood-ized" depiction of college students' lives and friendships? Can relationships that begin in childhood be sustained through life's ups and downs? How do you support your friends when they feel sad or angry? Families can also discuss the girls' different dilemmas. What issues do they have to confront? What choices must they make? How have they changed since the first movie?