Director Amy Heckerling's fresh adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma follows the misadventures of meddlesome Beverly Hills high schooler Cher, who gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.
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- Amy Heckerling
- This movie is
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
PG-13Sex related dialogue and some teen use of alcohol and drugs
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the movie contains some strong language (including "s--t"), scenes of teens drinking and taking drugs, and some implied sex and lots of innuendo. There's also a lot of therapeutic shopping. It's edgy, but teens can handle it.
- Sexual Content
- Cher is ready to lose her virginity but doesn't realize the guy she targets is gay. Teens kiss. Sex is discussed and joked about.
- A character gets mugged at gunpoint.
- Several instances of "s--t." "Penis," "balls," "boink-fest," and "crimson wave" (menstruation) are mentioned.
- Social Behavior
- The messages are mixed. Cher is absorbed with her looks, clothing, and position in her high school's social order. As such, she has a set of rules that parallel Jane Austen's Edwardian mores and restrictions. Getting high occasionally at a party is OK, but "it is quite another thing to be fried all day," for example. Cher's father is supportive but yells when her grades are low, then beams with pride when she uses her powers to persuade a teacher to improve her grade instead of doing the required schoolwork.
- Materialism is a major theme. Jeep, Tiffany, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Coke, malls, and the Beverly Hills high-end shopping mecca, Rodeo Drive, are featured.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Teens drink and smoke marijuana ("doobies") at a party. They discuss other drugs (one mentions the beverage Coke and someone thinks she means cocaine). A pothead joins a 12-step program to get clean.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it