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Julie and her friends are eager to cast off their less-than-cool reputations, they agree to a challenge from the “popular girls”: an all-night scavenger hunt. With Julie’s father distracted by a home-improvement project downstairs, they sneak down the rose trellis, borrow Yancy’s parents’ car, go to their first high school dance, fall in love, and in the end, learn a little something about themselves.
PROFANITY: One miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: Brief male rear in a comic context. VIOLENCE: One brief fight; some slaps DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Drinks at a bar. ACTION: Car chases and skateboard action. COMEDY: Wisecracks and slapstick, animal and body function huomr.
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Roger EbertFull Review Poor I don't require all high school (or junior high) comedies to involve smart, imaginative, articulate future leaders. But I am grateful when the movie at least devises something interesting for them to do, or expresses empathy with their real natures. The characters in "Sleepover" are shadows of shadows, diluted from countless better, even marginally better, movies. There was no reason to make this movie, and no reason to see it.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average "Sleepover" is a banal, relatively innocent comedy aimed at 'tween' girls. It provides a vehicle for "Spy Kids" star Alexa Vega to stretch and show that she's growing up, and it proves she possesses some romantic-comedy chops. But the story feels derivative and pale compared with more clever comedies aimed at a similar audience, such as "Mean Girls" and "Freaky Friday." The movie starts out well enough and has its moments of excitement and good girl power... It might appeal to 11- and 12-year-old fans of slumber parties, but it likely will leave their parents stifling a few dozen yawns.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 65 moviegoer opinions. Children loved it, but in all fairness they tend to always love the last movie they see. Most teens, both male and female, loved it, but quite a few only rated it as an OK movie.
There were only a few adult males and twentysomething females. The adult males, for the most part, rated it "Good," which is actually a little on the low side. The twentysomething females rated it quite high. They obviously enjoyed it very much. The adult females were a little better represented. About half of the 15 opinions collected from this group enjoyed it very much rating it "Very Good" or higher. Unfortunately, the remaining half only rated it as average at best so it's hard to help you know if this is a movie you might enjoy.
Julie (Alexa Vega) and her friends Hannah (Mika Boorem), Farrah (Scout
Taylor-Compton), and Yancy (Kallie Flynn Childress) have a supercharged sleepover on their hands: they've been challenged to a scavenger hunt by "popular” girls Staci, Liz, Jenna, and Molly, and the winners get dibs on the coveted cool lunch spot once they start their freshman year in high school at the end of the summer. The losers have to dine al fresco … adjacent to the dumpster, and far from popularity.
Staci and her devious pals have built in several snags for Julie's crew. They'll have to undertake such Herculean tasks as sneaking into a "grown-up” nightclub, rearranging clothes on store mannequins at a crowded mall, stealing underwear from the most popular boy in the neighborhood, and somehow swiping the king or queen's crown at the high school dance.
With the exuberance of youth and the support of true friends on their side, Julie and her pals must first escape Julie's house. This won't be easy, as Julie's mom, Gabby, has the girls swear to stay indoors while she herself goes out for a night on the town with her own girlfriends. Also, Julie's dad, Jay, is downstairs grappling with a testy faucet while her college brother, Ren, is home and underfoot.
Using their wits, a little bit of luck, and a rose trellis, the girls slip out into the night. Before this adventure is over, they will have to outrun dimwitted neighborhood security, learn to drive an impossibly small electric car, create chaos at the mall, invade a posh nightclub (where Julie's mom is dancing the night away!), elude pesky skateboarding dorks, and come face to face with the boys of their dreams.
All in all, not bad for the first sleepover of the summer.