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Veronica Mars

drama, thrillers

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown, an ex-boyfriend with baggage, and an unraveling murder mystery.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5

Charming, bantery thriller is made by and for die-hard fans.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Veronica Mars is the much-hyped Kickstarter-funded follow-up to the popular TV show that ran for only three seasons from 2004 to 2007. Starring Kristen Bell and the rest of the cast reprising their roles as the former Neptune High characters 10 years out of high school, the movie contains pretty much the same amount of violence, drug references, and passionate kissing as the series, but there's more strong language ("s--t," "a--hole," one "f--k off"), sexual innuendo, and a couple of love scenes. Like the show, the movie is about standing up for the truth and those who've been written off as guilty.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the popularity of movies based on television shows. Why does Veronica Mars lend itself to a follow up? Does it answer unresolved questions from the show?
  • Discuss the movie as a standalone movie versus a follow-up to a TV show. Do you need to be a fan of the show to like the movie? What "extras" do you get as a viewer if you were a fan of the series?
  • To those who didn't watch the show: does the movie spark an interest in streaming or watching the series on DVD?
  • The movie was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and includes a lot of recognizable brands. Were the product placements obvious or distracting?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, March 13, 2014

Fresh: The uninitiated may not go for the all-too-convenient crime solving, melodramatic love triangle, and playful banter, but cultists will find all the show's pleasures intact.

- Brianna Wellen, Chicago Reader, Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fresh: The film is an obvious labor of love for all concerned, and the good times are infectious.

- Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Monday, March 24, 2014

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Written and directed by Thomas himself, the script contains an enticingly dramatic who-done-it type of atmosphere and more than enough welcome chuckles along the way. And with the look and aesthetic feel of an old UPN show, "Veronica Mars" will definitely make fans feel at home. Again, as far as someone who has never seen the show before, I was fairly entertained with the smart dialogue and characters, intriguing mystery and the creative cameos thrown in, but my guess is its cult fan base will be over the moon by the realization that they get to spend nearly two hours back with their old friends in Neptune. I mean, there is actually a fairly long sequence where Veronica walks around her high school reunion running into old characters, which would have undoubtedly worked better for me if I had seen the show. Anyway, while this isn't a game changer type of film (fundraising methods excluded) it did make me want to Netflix the original episodes and watch them for myself, in order to get ready for the untitled "Veronica Mars" TV spin-off rumored to be in the works. Check out the rest of my review at: Follow me @moviesmarkus

- ghostdog86, Sunday, March 30, 2014

4 stars

Strictly for fans

- leina1, Friday, April 4, 2014

4 stars

Ten years after the first season of this cult classic appeared on television, "Veronica Mars" makes its crowd-funded feature film debut. Bringing back almost all of the notable cast members and weaving them into another whodunnit murder mystery, Kristen Bell once again leads the pack as the tiny blonde detective for hire, the role that basically put her on the map. This time she is interviewing for positions at big business law firms, having put her mystery solving days behind her. In a serious relationship with Piz (Chris Lowell), she is pulled back to her hometown of Neptune when her old flame Logan (Jason Dohring) is accused of murdering his rocker girlfriend. At the same time, her high school reunion brings cameos by the handfuls, including Wallace (Percy Daggs III), Mac (Tina Majorino), Gia (Krysten Ritter), Weevil (Francis Capra), Dick (Ryan Hansen), and even Leo (Max Greenfield). Of course, the best writing of the film matches that of the television series, the witty banter between Veronica and her down-to-earth father, Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni). You get the feeling that no time has past at all between these two, picking up right where they left off. Creator and director Rob Thomas does a decent job of keeping the audience invested, playing mainly to the diehard fans that followed the show, with many inside jokes and situations. But with a developing love triangle, an intriguing mystery, and a few stars that were not in the series like Martin Starr and a cameo by James Franco playing himself, there are plenty of attempts to appeal to newcomers. A helpful part about having a film funded by its fans is that you know right off the bat that there is a vested interest. The real question following this feature however, is if that vested interest is enough to keep this franchise going.

- xas5, Monday, May 5, 2014