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MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for thematic elements including sexual content, language, teen drinking and partying.
Moral Rating: not reviewed
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Primary Audience: Teens Adults
Genre: Romance Drama
Length: 1 hr. 24 min.
Year of Release: 2011
USA Release: June 17, 2011 (wide—610+ theaters)
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Featuring Freddie HighmoreGeorge Zinavoy
Emma RobertsSally Howe
Alicia SilverstoneMs. Herman
Sasha Spielberg … Zoe Rubenstein
Marcus Carl Franklin … Will Sharpe
Ann Dowd … Mrs. Grimes
Maya Ri Sanchez … Cynthia
Blair Underwood … Principal Martinson
Ann Harada … Mrs. Dougherty
Rita Wilson … Vivian Sargent
Jarlath Conroy … Harris McElroy
Elizabeth Reaser … Charlotte Howe
Andrew Levitas … Javier
Sam RobardsJack Sargent
Michael Angarano … Dustin
Dan Leonard … Nick
Sophie Curtis … Chastity
Director Gavin Wiesen
Producer Goldcrest Pictures
Gigi Productions
Mint Pictures
Island Sound Productions
Atlantic Pictures
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Distributor Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures. Trademark logo.Fox Searchlight Pictures, a sister company of 20th Century Fox, a division of The Walt Disney Company

“The toughest lesson is love.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “A lonely underachieving teen who is about to fail high school in the end of his senior year. He is befriended by his crush, a girl named Sally, but he is unable to express his feelings for her. His parents are fighting, and he must complete a year's worth of homework in a two week period or face expulsion.”

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Neutral—This is a dark, depressing movie. And if you have seen many movies, you will feel like you have seen this one before. George is this presumably intelligent, lazy, lonely, depressed high school senior, who my chance becomes friends with one of the beautiful people. I found that even my the end of the movie I really didn’t care about George or really anyone in the movie.

The adults for the most part allow this student to manipulate them and the system. His parental units are for the most part useless or worse. Also, isn’t the drinking age in New York 21? Not only is there drinking at parties, but two 18 year olds seem to be able to get alcohol anytime they want. It is presumed that all teens drink, smoke, and participate in sexual activity. There is not even a hypocritical religious person in the movie to provide any hope. You get to see George vomit after drinking too much. I do not remember any actual nudity, but there are some crude comments and flashes of a girl in her underwear, as well as another crude situation that I really can’t explain.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
Wesley, age 47 (USA)
Neutral—I liked this movie for the most part… maybe enough to rent it again someday, maybe not. It was interesting to see Freddie Highmore now that he’s older.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
Kadie Jo, age 19 (USA)