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Sleepover

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On its all-surface surface, Sleepover is a fizzy, wholesome tweeny-pitched frolic starring Spy Kids' Alexa Vega and set in Hollywood's all-white, all-the-toys suburban monoculture.

Two inches down, its laboured "'glad to be me"' messages (chicks skateboarding; one faintly chubby kid among the teen anorexics; un-nerdy pals fretting over the social pecking order) aren't much of an improvement on The Partridge Family.

Built around the "madcap" slumber-party escapades of Vega and her junior-high pals, it's essentially another princess-y adventure. This time, the crown belongs to a gallant prom king (Sean Faris as a younger, taller Tom Cruise), but the dreams-come-true are still all about I-can't-believe-he-picked-me snogs while Vega's gang's scavenger-hunt triumph over the inevitable Bitchy Blondes makes Molly Ringwald's Pretty In Pink travails look like Pixote. No swear words, but not nearly as harmless as its creators think.

Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: December 17th 2004

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