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What to know: Lots of heart.
Recommended age 10-18
15 minutes
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This short film has a lot of heart and addresses a not uncommon issue for LGBT kids. Although it is the typical love story that we have seen before about unrequited love, this story shows it through the different lens of a girl in love with another girl. It will undoubtedly resonate with kids who are LGBT or aren't sure of their gender preference. I enjoyed the style of the film which reminds me of a Wes Anderson production, in the ways that the film treats itself. I like the film for the most part. The beginning is good but the conflict between Erin and Liz is not built up enough and the resolution at the end feels too fast. I would have liked to see a build up to the fight. The issues this film addresses are suitable for teens. It talks about things we all try to do in order to impress people we like and also shows that it's normal if you like someone even, if they are of the same sex. The cinematography is pretty good. I also enjoyed the music, impressive since it contains mostly original songs. The sets are suitable for the story, nothing earth shattering but they work. The set for the dance scene was a bit disappointing. But, all in all, it's a very good storyline, well told. It's good natured and kind and I think that tweens and teens will enjoy it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to ages 10 to 18. Reviewed by Angel U. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST! Jurors.
Erin's Guide to Kissing Girls follows Erin Hallard, a spunky, headstrong twelve-year-old girl in her attempt to woo the coolest girl in school, Sydni Hunter. Erin's plan is to ask Sydni to the annual spring fling with the help of her best friend and partner in crime, Liz Johnson. However as Erin becomes wrapped up in her mission to get Sydni to go to the dance with her, it starts to put a strain on her friendship with Liz as Liz begins to feel less important in Erin's life.
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