Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that director Rob Reiner's coming-of-age story inspired by Wendelin Van Draanen's book Flipped tracks the progression of a childhood friendship/crush over the main characters' elementary and middle school years. In a sweet, almost old-fashioned way, Reiner captures the shifting emotions and loyalties of friendship and first love while also tackling larger questions about character, environmental awareness, and class. Save for a handful of salty words, the movie's content is pretty squeaky clean -- though the themes of longing, changing friendships, and the importance of character make it most age-appropriate for older tweens.
A childhood crush. Nothing physical.
A teenager says "jacksh--t" once, and the words "hell," "crap," "goddamn," and "a--hole" are also heard, though sparingly.
As it portrays a lopsided childhood romance's evolution from elementary school to middle school, the movie sends the message that substance trumps flash and character matters more than anything else.
Drugs / Tobacco /