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Parents need to know that Cadet Kelly is a wholesome TV movie originally made for The Disney Channel.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.
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.
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.
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