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Cadet Kelly

2002 TV-G 1h 41m DVD

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Cadet Kelly

2002 TV-G 1h 41m DVD
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When her mother weds a retired general, cool and carefree teen Kelly gets new marching orders and is shipped off to a military academy in upstate New York. But Kelly's freewheeling ways quickly put her at odds with her callous squadron leader.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: DTS 5.1 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-G - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
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age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Cadet Kelly is a wholesome TV movie originally made for The Disney Channel. It's heavy on messages, cute teens, easy resolutions, and stars girl favorite Hilary Duff as a budding diva. The film's core subjects -- making necessary life adjustments, parenting, divorce, and teen rivalry -- are all dealt with gently and with humor. While it encourages the heroine to find her own path and develop her own strengths, it also advocates teamwork and compromise. A few pratfalls (mostly in a comic depiction of military training), a suspenseful moment in which the heroine must risk her safety for another, and some initial mean behavior by a team leader (Cadet Kelly is continually called "maggot") provide the action and physical conflict. Generally, middle grade girls through young teens will probably enjoy this predictable, safe family fare.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


One suspenseful scene in which a principal character is stranded on a cliff. Several comic falls (in mud, off of a wall, a fish bowl overturns momentarily threatening the fish). A platoon leader pulls one of her "soldiers" by the ear.


Heroine is constantly called a "maggot" by her team leader.

Social Behavior

Lots of positive values work in this film. It deals with adjusting to new situations in a productive and comforting way, with a teen learning to accommodate both parents in a friendly divorce, making wise choices, and respecting others who initially may appear to be very different from ourselves. Teamwork is heavily promoted, as is creativity, and compromise.


A prominent display of Isis Cosmeceuticals

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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