Netflix’s Senior Year is a fun and hilarious comedy that pokes fun at how much high school and high schoolers have changed in the past two decades. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
Netflix’s Senior Year drops on the streaming service tomorrow, May 13th. The film stars comedian Rebel Wilson, who falls into a coma in high school and wakes up two decades later, wanting to complete her senior year, hence the movie name. It will remind viewers of the Drew Barrymore film Never Been Kissed, but with a contemporary twist. Check out all the details in my parents guide movie review.
Senior Year Parents Guide
In Senior Year a high-school cheerleader falls into a coma before her prom. Twenty years later, she awakens and wants to return to high school to reclaim her status and become prom queen.
Senior Year Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Senior Year.
Language: Senior Year contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, a**, b*tch, sl*t, hoe-bag, dong, d*ck, r*t*rd, d*mn, queef, suck, spazz, and more.
Mature Content: The film contains some adult themes that parents should be made aware of, some include discussions of sex and blow jobs. There are also scenes that include provocative dancing and stroking their own nipples, passionate kissing, and a scene where a teen boy grabs a girl’s breast without permission. The film has scenes that show bullying in high school, which may be triggering for some kids. A teenage cheerleader is dropped during a big lift and falls, causing her to be in a coma for 20 years. The fall is partially shown, but nothing graphic. There are also scenes showing underage teens consuming alcohol.
Netflix’s Senior Year won’t win any awards, but it will bring lots of laughs with its relatable humor. It’s along the same lines as films like Never Been Kissed and Pitch Perfect; there are even a couple of musical numbers to enjoy. The most fun I had watching the film was reminiscing on the late 90’s and early 2000’s nostalgia that was prominent in the beginning prior to her waking up from the coma, but also the subsequent backlash she faced for attending a modern day high school. Things are most definitely NOT the same as they were so long ago. Certain words, easily accepted and commonplace back then, are practically forbidden in today’s world, for better or worse. Understanding this helps one to know why so many of our older citizens have so much trouble adapting to things in the modern world.
Rebel Wilson remains largely the same as you remember from her Pitch Perfect days, still cracking wise with comedic aplomb that works perfectly in this movie and fits her like a glove. Senior Year sets its sights on the older teen crowd, but will also pull in fans who were in high school twenty-plus years ago as well, especially those with teenagers of their own. This dichotomy is why the film works well and even ends with a sweet message of true friendship, which is something people of any age can get behind.