Film Reviews by Students
This page is dedicated to film reviews written by the 5th-6th grade students of one of my relatives.
"Barbie" review by Ainsley D. (6th grade - Fall 2023)
I went to see the Barbie movie with my mom over the summer. Even though (spoiler alert!) it was about a mother and her daughter, I always felt and still feel like there was a bigger plot alluded to in the story.
I believe the reality of this movie was the difficulties of living as a certain gender’s stereotype. Mainly, this movie focuses on the difficulties as a woman, or the female sex. My evidence?
If we flashback to the scene where Barbie and the mother snap the other Barbies out of their “Ken-dom” trance, the mother makes a fair point about the problems and scenarios that real women have to face daily: things like appearance, relationships, and even how to act ( and I know that women like myself hate being told how to act “lady-like”).
And here’s where we get serious. Plenty of people, female, male, or non-binary, are insecure of their behavior and appearance. So many of us beat ourselves up over things we can’t control, like eye, hair, and skin color.
Worst of all, we take out our anger about ourselves and lash out at other people. We make fun of people’s differences just because we hate our differences and we’re embarrassed of ourselves. In fact, most bullies are who they are because they are embarrassed of themselves, while some are bullies because of problems at home.
The truth is, reality and the way people react to things is mostly unfair, and no matter what we can do or how much power we have, you can’t make someone kind or honorable.
The reason I wrote this review is because the Barbie movie taught me to support people more often. There is no way in the universe that you could know how hard someone has it, so be kind, and be supportive.
"Legally Blonde" review by Kaylynn D. (5th grade - Fall 2023)
I recommend Legally Blonde to those of you who like watching a Beverly Hills girl who has a major in fashion turn into a hardworking Harvard law student. It teaches you to never underestimate the power of blondes and the color pink even though I hate it. And finally it teaches you not to ruin your gorgeous pink high heels.
"The Breakfast Club" review by Dylan B. (6th grade - Fall 2023)
Plot: There's a group of high school students who all got detention on a Saturday. They eventually start bonding, and getting along with each other. And at the end of the film each of the students reveal why they got detention.
Characters: There's a jock, a nerd, a princess, a criminal, and a basket case.
The jock (Andrew) was in detention for taping together a nerd's hairy butt, which injured him.
The nerd (Brian) was in detention for using a flare gun in his locker.
The princess (Claire) was in detention for ditching school to go shopping.
The criminal (Bender) was in detention for pulling the fire alarm at school.
And the basket case (Ally) had detention because she had nothing better to do.
Setting: The setting was a high school library, and some of it was set in the school halls/vents. Fun fact, the majority of filming was in an abandoned school called Maine North High School in Des Plaines.
Strengths: The movie is hilarious, the acting is on point, the plot is great, though at times it doesn't make total sense, but none of those parts affect the overall movie review.
Audience: I say you should be 11 years old or older since it's rated [R], but I feel like the rating is only because of some dark humor, adult content, and language.
Rating: My rating is a 9.9/10. This movie is a classic 80s film, some may say it's one of the best movies of all time. You should most definitely go watch it!