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Men, Women and Children

Oh social media, how we love and hate you!

In Jason Reitman's ensemble drama, high school kids and their parents generally make a mess of their lives using social media. None of it will come as a surprise to anybody living in the year 2014: Teenage boys consume epic amounts of online porn; teenage girls pose for provocative photos; adults use the Internet to easily coordinate extramarital hook-ups; some parents FREAK OUT about the Internet; a high school guidance counselor doesn't know what IRL means (LOL); and texting is the new talking. One subplot does suggest that social media can be useful, especially for more sensitive teens with interests beyond football, but you will ROTFL with its melodramatic outcome. The film's primary achievement: a zippier way of putting text bubbles and Internet searches on screen.

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