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Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) is Tracy Flick, a straight A go-getter who's determined to be president of Carver High's student body.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
0 out of 5

Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this dark comedy, almost everyone engages in bad behavior as they set out to win at all costs. This movie also includes questionable sexual situations (statutory rape, extramarital affairs, and teenage sex), foul language, and an irreverent attitude toward religion. All in all, both teens and adults appear untrustworthy and unethical. Older teens may be mature enough to watch this film.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about issues relating to ethics. Throughout this movie, characters make unethical choices. Parents may want to ask their kids to identify those actions. They may also want to use this time to discuss issues related to school. Does this film remind teens of their own school experiences? Do they know people like the characters? What are politics like at their schools?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 27
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: ...a surprisingly compelling piece of work..

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, July 27, 2006

Fresh: A dark, insidiously funny satire on the self-involved ways otherwise rational people can allow narrow personal agendas to lead them astray to the point of self-destruction.

- Derek Elley, Variety, Saturday, February 18, 2006

Fresh: One of the funniest, shrewdest, smartest movies in recent memory!

- Ernest Hardy,, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

On its surface, the film appears to be a simple high school-themed comedy. In reality, it's not that at all. The point of this film is not to be riotous, like a pure comedy. (Though it is funny.) The point is not to make a statement about teenagers, like a high school film. The film's overall theme answers a broad question vaguely mentioned in the film's dialogue. Where is the line demarcating ethical behavior and unethical behavior? What demarcates morality and immorality? What drives us to do these things? The two are, in the end, connected by the wild series of events happening to Broderick's character in a thematically fascinating conclusion.

- rjayhutchinson, Sunday, October 17, 2010

3 stars

Like a lot of comedies I've seen lately, this one has it's moments but just falls into the 'entertaining' category. Must be some kind of minor cult film.

- middleeasternfilms, Wednesday, April 28, 2010

4 stars

Review coming soon

- SarahG1988, Monday, December 28, 2009