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movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Sleepover

Starring: Alexa Vega, Mika Boorem
Director: Joe Nussbaum
Rated: PG
RunTime: 82 Minutes
Release Date: July 2004
Genres: Comedy, Kids, Family

*Also starring: Scout Taylor-Compton, Kallie Flynn Childress, Sam Huntington, Jane Lynch, Jeff Garlin, Sara Paxton, Eileen April Boylan, Timothy Dowling, Katija Pevec

Review by Steve Rhodes
1½ stars out of 4

Probably the best thing that could be said about SLEEPOVER is that it's harmless. A flick for tween girls, it chronicles the lame adventures of a group of 14-year-old girls who are having a sleepover to celebrate their graduation from junior high school.

Actually, the story isn't really about a sleepover at all, but about the girls' pulling the wool over the eyes of the mother (Jane Lynch) and the father (Jeff Garlin) who are hosting the party. The girls are off on a scavenger hunt competition with the in-crowd pitted against the out-crowd. The winning prize is the possession of the prime lunch spot ("The Fountain") when they go to high school. The losers have to eat next to the dumpsters.

Julie (Alexa Vega, the girl star in the SPY KIDS movies) and Hannah (Mika Boorem, the younger sister in BLUE CRUSH) are card-carrying members of the out-crowd. Stacie (Sara Paxton) and Liz (Brie Larson) are leaders of The Plastics -- oops, wrong movie. In this film they are called something like The Pleathers.

After playing dress-up like 8-year-olds and doing fun stuff like freezing their bras, the girls graduate to activities such as stealing Steve's boxers. Steve, being a handsome hunk of a skateboarder, is Julie's favorite dreamboat. Steve is played by Sean Faris, who has the looks but not the acting skills of a young Tom Cruise.

"This is excruciating," Stacie tells Liz, which could be said about all of this charmless comedy.

SLEEPOVER runs 1:37. It is rated PG for "thematic elements involving teen dating, some sensuality and language" and would be acceptable for kids around 8 and up.

My son Jeffrey, age 15, thought the movie was "all right" and gave it ** 1/2. He said that it was a fun little film but that he didn't believe they were really just fourteen.

Copyright 2004 Steve Rhodes

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