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Soccer Mom Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Emily Osment stars in mom-daughter bonding tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the theme of disguise creates slapstick moments of sexual tension. There is also tension at home, as the family is still mourning the loss of the father figure. Teen daughter Becca (Emily Osment of Hannah Montana) can say some pretty mean things to her mom, Wendy, but the two make amends in the end. Wendy also has a habit of fibbing, which gets her into pretty big trouble.

  • Families can talk about how little lies can snowball out of control.
  • Why does Wendy lie in the first place? Did she have a choice?
  • How is she different from the real Lorenzo?
  • Would she have been as effective as a coach if she took on the job as herself?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages:  Overall struggle for harmony wins out over characters' weaknesses.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Emily and her friends are the underdogs, so their diversity stands out against the snotty Malibu girls. Wendy has a habit of fibbing, but she learns her lesson from it.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Not an issue

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Some reference to being gay, and a couple of moments when the mom's disguise forces her hand as a male, including giving a kiss. Lorenzo is a pretty slimy guy who makes references that may go over the heads of some younger viewers.

  • language false1

    Language: The word "hussy" is used by a father. Becca is disrespectful to her mother, saying: "You suck, Mom." She apologizes later. Italian speakers might get an earful from Lorenzo, who curses in his mother tongue.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Malibu girls' material wealth is portrayed as contemptible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue