Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 92 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film is a fairly straight adaptation of Judy Blume’s original novel for teenage readers, so there isn’t that much objectionable material: some teen drinking that isn’t portrayed in a positive light and the violent death of a parent that causes a lot of grief for the protagonist. Also a teen romance, but it remains a light flirtation.
The first film adaptation of any of Judy Blume’s young adult novels, ‘Tiger Eyes’ stays close to its source material, a story of a teenage girl dealing with grief over her father’s shocking death. Although the story veers too often into melodrama, it will work well for a young audience.
By Roxana Hadadi
How is it that absolutely none of Judy Blume’s young adult novels have been adapted into films before now? Perhaps it’s commendable, that Blume values her work so much that she’s hesitant to give it away in case a film becomes something her novel didn’t intend. And so “Tiger Eyes,” directed by Blume’s son Lawrence, sticks to its source material and doesn’t veer too far away from the original story. This is a film tailor-made for teenage girls, and in comparison with the other dreck marketed toward that demographic, it’s clearly superior.