After tenacious Duane Balfour (Douglas Smith) loses a high-school election to rich and popular Chad Milton (Nicholas Carella), Duane one-ups his nemesis by running for town mayor against the longtime incumbent: Chad's grandmother (Rosemary Dunsmore). With help from pretty girlfriend Molly (Jane McGregor) and an oddball uncle (Donal Logue), Duane gets a crash course in politics and growing up in this quirky comedy.
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- Michael Mabbott
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PG-13Sexual content, language, brief teen drug and alcohol use
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this teen political comedy uses expletives throughout: especially "s--t" and "ass" in numerous forms, as well as one use of "f--k off." Also, several characters consume beer and other alcoholic beverages, including teens and the lead's "favorite uncle" who is known to be a gambling alcoholic. The character Hero has a fierce temper and tries out several methods of revenge, with little success, including fighting and building an elaborately comical but ineffectual "weapon." All of the action is played for comic effect and no one is seriously hurt or injured. Sexual content is pretty mild -- a boy asks a girl if he can see her naked.
- Sexual Content
- Boy asks girl, "Can I still see you naked?" Teen stares at girl's breasts.
- Two brief schoolyard fights, wrestling, and some flailing punches. An angry woman slaps a reporter's face. Someone throws a shoe at the hero's head. Mentions of Duane's father's death.
- Typically teen swearing: several uses of "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "asshole," "damn," "Goddamn," "penis," and "what the hell?" One "f--k off." "Gay" and "retarded" used as slurs.
- Social Behavior
- Main message is to stand up and fight hard for what you believe in. Hero's father is shown to have given his life to fight against ignorance and corruption. Teacher tries to help student learn to "pick his battles," and "set sights higher."
- Pepsi, Tylenol, Pearle, Always, featured on grocery shelves. Carter's Beer and Volvo also shown.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Student smokes marijuana cigarette. Featured character is portrayed as a bar owner with an alcohol (and gambling) problem. Teen is seen drinking beer to excess and getting drunk. Beer is consumed at a high school party. Teen smokes.
- 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