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Violet (Elle Fanning) is a shy teenager who dreams of escaping her small town and pursuing her passion to sing. With the help of an unlikely mentor, she enters a local singing competition that will test her integrity, talent and ambition. Driven by a pop-fueled soundtrack, Teen Spirit is a visceral and stylish spin on the Cinderella story. Also starring Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Buric and Agnieszka Grochowska.
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Critics Consensus: Teen Spirit tells a story we know by heart, but writer-director Max Minghella's connection to the material and Elle Fanning's remarkable performance add an effective hook.
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Common Sense Says
Touching but slow drama about aspiring singer has drinking.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Teen Spirit -- actor Max Minghella's directorial debut -- is an indie drama about Violet (Elle Fanning), a teen who secretly wants to be a singer. Despite her quiet demeanor at school, she enters a big reality talent show's local audition and is unexpectedly thrown into a national competition. Expect some underage drinking and smoking, as well as a few scenes of both teen and adult characters drunk. In one scene, Violet is nearly sexually assaulted before someone forces her aggressor off her. There's also kissing, flirting, and some swearing, including "s--t" and "piss off." Although Fanning, who does her own signing, is a well-known actress, this drama is most likely to appeal to teens who enjoy smaller, independent films. The story shows how, through mentorship and honing your talents, you can grow from good to extraordinary.
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- Release Date:April 12, 2019
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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