Director: Clare Niederpruem
Starring: Sarah Davenport, Allie Jennings, Lucas Grabeel, Ian Bohen, Lea Thompson
Studio: Pure Flix Entertainment
Rated: PG-13 (For some thematic elements and teen drinking)
I do want to mention upfront that I have read the novel of which this is based off. I have also seen the 1994 movie adaptation, a version I feel is better overall in not only the tone and maturity of the film-making but has more to say about our modern society than this “modern remake” ironically does. I am not here to compare the products, but when I think of how much more relatable and (more importantly) likable the characters in those versions were, it is downright offensive that this movie wants to pretend to be the same product, when it only shares passing similarities to the source material. More importantly though, for a movie that is adapted from a story where the constraints of being a woman was front and center for most of the story, it is truly bizarre that director Clare Niederpruem tries to keep those themes without adapting to the world around us. We are aware that women still face discrimination and problems.
Parents, this being a Pure Flix film (yeah, seriously) there isn't much here to offend. While the MPAA gave it a PG-13 on the basis of a party scene where teens get drunk, there is no sex, language, or real violence to be found. Should be fine for ages 8 and up.