Story

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging depicts several months in the life of 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson (Georgia Groome).  Georgia desperately wants to become more attractive and popular so that she can get a boyfriend but most of her attempts at self-improvement go horribly wrong, providing several funny moments. 

When Georgia and her friends Jas (Eleanor Tomlinson), Rosie (Georgia Henshaw) and Ellen (Manjeeven Grewel) spot two handsome new boys at school, Tom (Sean Bourke) and Robbie (Aaron Johnson), the girls begin plotting to gain their attention. After one comic attempt to impress the boys by asking them to search for Georgia’s ‘missing’ cat (Angus), Tom begins dating Jas. Shortly after, Georgia is disappointed to learn that Robbie is already seeing another girl, yet continues in her quest to attract him.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s father has temporarily moved to New Zealand for his work and Georgia suspects that her mother is becoming involved with an attractive young interior decorator she has hired. 

Themes

Dating behaviour

Violence

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • Lindsay verbally abuses Georgia and then pushes her over during a hockey game
  • Peter pushes Georgia into the bushes to kiss her against her will after a dance
  • Georgia verbally abuses Jas and then kicks her in the shin.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

Apart from the above-mentioned violent scenes, children are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.

From 8-13

None of concern 

Over 13

None of concern 

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • discussions between Georgia, Jas, Rosie and Ellen about the ‘snogging scale’, which begins with holding hands and presumably proceeds to sex (although there are no explicit conversations about sex)
  • one scene that shows Georgia and her friends all touching their own breasts (over their clothing) while talking about imagined boyfriends touching them.

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

There is some alcohol use (by adults) depicted in this movie. 

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • close-up shots of Lindsay’s and Jas’s bottoms while they are wearing only G-strings
  • several long tongue-kissing scenes.

Product placement

None of concern 

Coarse language 

This movie contains some mild to medium-level coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging is a lightweight English romantic comedy directed by Gurinder Chadha.   This film is based on the best-selling novel by Louise Rennison and is pitched at a young female audience. 

The main message from this movie is to accept yourself the way you are.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • respect for self and others
  • loyalty
  • honesty

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the importance of being who you are, rather than who you think others want you to be.