- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Jan
Director Joe Nussbaum and screenwriter Elisa Bell are getting some criticism from Christian film critics for their new comedy
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) writes, "What I found troubling about the film is the way [Nussbaum and Bell] so cavalierly combine youthful innocence and teenage sensuality. They seem almost eager to push the bar of sensual permissibility further down the age ladder. Our culture does our young people a severe disservice by tempting them to reach for experiences before they are emotionally ready to have them. Julie complains that her mother treats her like a child. What she fails to recognize is that, at fourteen, she is a child."
Rhonda Handlon (Plugged In) says, "Compared to others in this genre …
Rosemarie Ute Hoffman (Christian Spotlight) responds, speaking to parents: "We must try to understand our children individually, and take into account their maturity levels. Though children are a gift from God, they are merely on loan. We are to govern and enforce righteousness consistently because when they are older they will not depart from it. The early years of childhood are the seed-planting years with little outward evidence of your hard work. Even so, it is many seasons later, that when children are without supervision they are able to put into action the many morals and values that have been instilled in them since day one."
David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) writes, "Vega and company are appealing enough and the film has enough 'girl power' moments to generate some interest among young female viewers whose preoccupations fall somewhere between Barbies and boys. Still, for older moviegoers, this slumber party is more slumber than party."
Mainstream critics were quickly lulled to sleep by the film.