Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 10+
Amanda Bynes sends iffy message to teen girls.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is little more than a garden-variety teen romance flick filled with misdirected love interests, catty female rivals, bikini-clad beachcombers, and one super-nice guy who's always passed over by girls for flashier models. Its predictable plot, sensual overtones, and one-dimensional characters will have parents groaning, and the weak female characters -- who spend most of their time falling over themselves to win the affection of a self-absorbed pop star -- may make them pause before giving the thumbs-up to impressionable tweens.
- Families can talk about dating and romance. How do you know when a relationship is more than just friendship? Is it important to be friends first before dating? Why? Why are people attracted to each other? Parents with teens who have started dating can ask them which characteristics are important to them in a boyfriend/girlfriend. Is their ideal affected by the media/society's definition of what's attractive and desirable?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Most characters are shallow and one-dimensional, and there's quite a bit of cattiness, back-biting, and scheming to win the affections of a love interest or embarrass a rival. For most of the movie, the two main female characters are starry-eyed and lustful over a self-absorbed singing idol. Some potty humor involving bathroom issues, obesity, and a farting toy. One character often makes crass comments (he considers them compliments) about women's appearances. Not a lot of diversity.
What to watch for
Violence: The few instances are played for comedy or sex-related laughs, like a girl-on-girl scuffle (which ends in a punch to the nose and a quick glimpse of blood) over a guy's affections, or a young boy pretending to drown so a pretty lifeguard will give him mouth-to-mouth. Some slaps following rude remarks.
Sexy stuff: Lots of sensuality, including scantily clad bodies frolicking on the beach, teen girls throwing themselves at guys, and a few kisses. One character tosses out crass comments about women, such as "Check the honey with the money." In one scene, a naked woman on a massage table is shown draped loosely in a towel with most of her breasts hanging out.
Language: couple of instances of "hell," "ass," and "damn." "Oh my God" and "sucks" are common.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue