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Dave White Profile

It's hard out here for rich white teens. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Melissa Anderson

    Though Crawford's bangs and facial hair are the most art-directed aspect of the movie, he's costumed to look like a member of the Trenchcoat Mafia (Madison Avenue branch).

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Twelve ogles the lost boys and girls as they make their mistakes. But unlike the novel, the movie never really gets inside these kids, who aren't in the least all right.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Joel Schumacher's Twelve, the latest expose of self-indulgence among privileged teens, is sleek, giddy fun.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Bleak, intense look at the high life of NYC's young elites.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this heavy drama stars many actors and actresses popular with tweens and teens -- including Chace Crawford and Emma Roberts -- it's too graphic and mature for younger viewers (even fans of Crawford’s Gossip Girl are likely to find some of the behavior depicted here shocking). Teens are shown drinking and doing drugs, exchanging sex for drugs and other favors, and acting out in very violent ways. There are also many references to sex acts, some scenes in which teen characters are scantily clad and in the middle of intimate acts, and heaps of swearing.

  • Families can talk about whether the lifestyle depicted in this movie is appealing. If so, why? What are the real-life consequences of the behavior depicted here, including drinking, drugs, and sex?
  • What role do the teens' parents play in their lives? If they’re absent, what affect does that have on their kids?
  • What is the movie saying about the state of families right now, at least within this social circle? Do you think it’s an accurate portrait, or could it be exaggerated for artistic reasons?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie presents a pretty bleak portrait of teen life -- everyone (from kids to parents, A students to dropouts) is messed up. But there is also a sense that reliance on substances is a dangerous game.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: It’s hard to find anyone who has it together in this movie. Most parents are MIA, literally and emotionally, self-obsessed and deluded. Their teenagers are lost, confused, enraged, addicted, or murderous -- and maybe all of the above.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: A teenager is shot during a drug deal gone awry, as is a witness. A rampage ends bloodily. A disturbed character punches walls and threatens his brother with a sword. Teens talk trash at a basketball court, and the tiff escalates into a fistfight.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Discussions about various sex acts. A teen’s porno stash is revealed. Couples grope and make out (mostly in darkened rooms). Girls take photos of each other in lingerie. One character offers her virginity in exchange for drugs; her partner’s behind is fleetingly revealed as they undress. Boys talk about how to "get laid."

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of everything from “goddammit” to “s--t” to "f--k."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Lots of brand name-dropping, including Marc Jacobs and various restaurants. Many top private schools are also mentioned, including Dalton, Hotchkiss, Andover, Chapin, and Collegiate.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens drink a lot, everything from beer to hard liquor. A character deals weed and is often shown selling it; his customers are often shown smoking it. Another drug, the titular Twelve, makes its rounds. Lots of references to weed. Discussions about prescription drugs.