Dear Lemon Lima

2009 PG-13 1h 27m DVD

Dear Lemon Lima

2009 PG-13 1h 27m DVD
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After a selfish boyfriend dumps her, Vanessa Lemor (Savanah Wiltfong) decides to soothe her broken heart by embracing her Yupik heritage and encouraging her misfit pals at a prestigious Alaskan prep school to compete in the World Eskimo Indian Olympics. Along the way, the awkward teen learns to find her place in the community in director Suzi Yoonessi's touching film about identity, friendship and tradition.
Savanah Wiltfong, Shayne Topp, Zane Huett, Elaine Hendrix, Eleanor Hutchins, Meaghan Jette Martin, Vanessa Marano, Melissa Leo, Beth Grant, Chase Wright Vanek, Elaine Lee
Suzi Yoonessi
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this quirky teen drama focuses on an awkward student who transfers to a stuffy private high school and finds a way to come into her own. The film has some spot-on scenes that showcase the cruelty of high school caste systems and the misguided decisions of overprotective parents. An acronym that includes an expletive ("f--k") plays an important role in the plot, and the story is also catalyzed by a terrible tragedy that may be disturbing to younger teens, but the thought-provoking film is likely to spark some introspection by high schoolers.

Sexual Content

Boys tease a girl, asking her to show her breasts.


A boy and his father shoot at a decoy deer. Later, teens discover that a peer has committed suicide.


"Stupid," "FUBAR" (meaning "f--ked-up beyond recognition"; the F-word is written out but with an asterisk).

Social Behavior

Strong messages about accepting yourself -- even if you have flaws or don't fit the norm. Plus, examples of fighting cruelty and prejudice with kindness and understanding. Plenty of characters seem to hold prejudicial opinions about Native Americans.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Girls attend a "cigarette club" that meets to collect (but not smoke) high-end cigarettes. Students discuss how deadly smoking is.

  • 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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