What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this indie sports dramedy stars former tween star Emma Roberts (Unfabulous, Hotel for Dogs), but it's more age-appropriate for teens. There's some mild violence (a courtside brawl, with a couple of punches and some pushing/shoving), more language than expected (including both swear words like "s--t" and "a--hole" and racial epithets like "wetback"), and the requisite adolescent sexuality -- which includes some kissing in a convertible and an inappropriate relationship between an older shoe salesman and one of the 17-year-old players. The coach -- who's frequently drunk -- has huge problems with his own daughter and a recurring fascination with the assistant coach's sexuality. The girls try to score a drink in one scene.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages about what it means to be part of a team. How do the girls have to put their individual differences aside to be a successful team? How do they improve as the season progresses?
- The movie has persistent discussions of sexuality and ethnicity. How are they handled? What lessons are learned about making assumptions based on stereotypes?
- What are the consequences of drinking in the movie? Do you think they're realistic?