The Secret Lives of Dorks

2013 PG-13 1h 31m DVD

The Secret Lives of Dorks

2013 PG-13 1h 31m DVD
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High school ├╝bergeek Payton lusts for cheerleader Carrie, who wishes he'd chase fellow dork Samantha, who happens to love him. Carrie decides to give Payton some lessons in cool, but will he use his new skills on the right girl?
Gaelan Connell, Charlie Stewart, Vanessa Marano, Beau Mirchoff, Riley Voelkel, Jim Belushi, Mark Daugherty, Tyler Steelman, Jennifer Tilly, William Katt, Seymour Cassel, Kay Lenz
Salome Breziner
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 The Secret Lives of Dorks is a high school comedy that trades on all the classic teen clique cliches. There are the jocks, the cheerleaders, the stoners, and, of course, the titular dorks. Plenty of obvious jokes are made at the expense of each social group -- the dumb football player, the ditzy cheerleaders, the socially awkward nerds -- and there's some swearing ("s--t," "ass," etc.), a few crude sexual references, and some kissing, as well as plenty of physical jokes, including flatulence and accidental groping.

Sexual Content

Guys discuss girls frequently and make references to their appearances ("she's hot"), and there are a few discussions about fooling around, including talk of reaching "second base." In a very uncomfortable conversation with a date's parents, a teenage boy ends up discussing both the girl's breasts and her mother's breasts. A girl is shown in a skimpy bathing suit in a fantasy sequence. Some kissing, and one scene takes place at a male stripper show. Accidental groping.


High school bullies threaten other students, and there's some pushing and shoving.


Language includes "s--t," "butt," and "ass."

Social Behavior

Amid the crude content is the fact that Payton eventually learns to be comfortable with his identity as a self-proclaimed dork -- and realizes that other people will like him just the way he is.


Many references to well-known comic book heroes, including Spider-Man and Superman. A football-loving dad is obsessed with former NFL coach Mike Ditka, who makes a few brief appearances.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One clique behaves like stoners.

  • 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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