Teach your teenage sons and daughters a few lessons with the new Netflix film, Moxie. The movie is based on Jennifer Mathieu’s YA novel, is an upbeat coming-of-age drama/comedy directed by Amy Poehler. The movie is packed with punches, full of good lessons our teens need to know and understand.
About the Movie
Let’s start with the word moxie. Do you know what it means or stands for? My daughter did not. The Webster’s Dictionary described it as follows;
Definition of moxie
A force of character, determination, or nerve.
Speak up. It sounds simple, but it can be the hardest step, If you see harassment, condemnation, bullying taking place, be a voice and say something. Call attention to the issues at hand. Find something to be passionate about. Make a statement. Silence holds no power.
Be an ally. An ally is someone who is not a member of an underrepresented group but who takes action to support that group. Be a person other people can count on to defend, protect and stand up for others. Be a friend to others even when no one else is looking. Speak up for them when they are not in the room. Stand next to them when they are the focal point of negativity.
Use your brain. Just because someone says something doesn’t make it true. Know your facts before you jump on the bandwagon. Do your own research. It’s okay to think differently than those around you. It’s okay to make a different choice or go against the crowd.
Moxie touches on a lot of older teen issues. I would recommend this film for ages 15 and up. There is some language & harassment in the movie that could be new to your child or upsetting if they have experienced it. Be prepared to have a follow up discussion to drive home the important messages of the film. The film definitely left me feeling inspired to make a change for good. I am always telling my kids to be the change they want to see in the world. Moxie is just that.