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Sydney White

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Source: Catholic News Service

Quirky campus comedy in which an irrepressible tomboy (Amanda Bynes) leaves her home and widowed father (John Schneider) for college, pledges her late mother's sorority with the support of a fellow initiate (Crystal Hunt) and despite the hostility of its snooty president (Sara Paxton), but ultimately finds her true role as housemother and guiding spirit of "the Vortex," a ramshackle dorm occupied by seven of her school's most marginalized students -- including an endearing panallergic student (Jack Carpenter) and a socially inept genius (Jeremy Howard) -- and as the girlfriend of a surprisingly generous fraternity brother (Matt Long). The clever re-imagining of a venerable fairy tale (the title is a hint), director Joe Nussbaum's film is for the most part an appealingly innocent romance that also possesses a commendable set of moral values. Some crass language, some innuendo, implied nudity, alcohol use, brief gay references and a transvestite poet. Such elements may make the film unsuitable for younger teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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