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Family Movie Review: Veronica Mars (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13         Length: 107 minutes

Age Appropriate For: 14+. “Veronica Mars” was always a darker TV show than most, and that continues here with a central mystery about a pop star’s death, as well as a concentration on the growing class divide in the U.S. between the super-rich haves and the working-class have-nots. Some cursing; lots of sexually themed humor and the inclusion of two sex tapes (no nudity, but implied sexual activity) as major plot points; mentions of teens drinking and using drugs; and some violence, including some shooting, police brutality, and Taser use. If teens have seen the original TV show, they can handle this.  

If you know where ‘Veronica Mars’ left off when it bowed after three TV seasons, then this big-screen version, funded in part by fans through Kickstarter, will please you in practically every way. If you’re new to the story of the young PI, you’ll still be entertained—the movie is whip-smart, thematically current, and nicely self-contained.

By Roxana Hadadi

Fans of the Rob Thomas-created, Kristen Bell-starring TV show “Veronica Mars” call themselves Marshmallows, and they’re the main reason we’re getting a film version of the young private investigator who spent her teen years trying to solve her best friend’s murder and bring down some bad guys. With a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign that helped fund the movie and convinced Warner Bros. there was a demand for the property, “Veronica Mars” has a lot to prove—but both for the fans who essentially paid for it and newcomers to the story, this big-screen jump is worth it.

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