13: THE MUSIC – Movieguide

13: THE MUSICAL is a fun musical on Netflix. Evan is a 12 year old Jewish boy. When her parents divorce, her mother moves them from New York to Indiana just before her Bar Mitzvah to live with her mother. Wanting to make new friends, Evan meets Patrice, an eccentric girl in his class who introduces him to the city. The two get along well. However, when Evan sees the popular group, he instead wants to befriend them to come to his Bar Mitzvah. Will Evan remain a loyal friend or will he do what the popular band wants him to do?

13: THE MUSICAL features upbeat and catchy musical numbers. The film has a moral view of the world. It emphasizes loyalty and keeping the main character rooted in their Jewish faith. There are also mentions of prayer and several scenes in a church that serves as a synagogue for Evan’s Bar Mitzvah. 13: THE MUSICAL is a fun and wholesome story about middle school kids, but it has heavier themes about divorce and a song about kissing a girl.

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Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:

Light moral worldview of being a faithful friend that mentions a Bible study, has several scenes in a church, mentions prayer, with nuances on the difficulties of divorce, plus the main character is Jewish and follows his faith

Coarse language:

Two light obscenities, one light profanity


No violence


No explicit or implied sex scenes, but young couple kissing



Alcohol consumption :

No alcohol consumption

Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:

No tobacco or drugs,

Miscellaneous Immorality:

The underage kids go to an R-rated movie and lie to their parents about going, but are then caught and punished.

13: THE MUSICAL is a fun Netflix musical about a 12-year-old Jewish boy who moves from New York to Indiana just before his Bar Mitzvah and can’t wait to make new friends. 13: THE MUSICAL has catchy, lively musical numbers and a moral worldview emphasizing friendship and loyalty, so it’s a healthy option for the family, although there are some heavier themes on divorce.

Evan grew up in New York. However, after his parents divorce, his mother moves him to Indiana, where his mother lives. Evan isn’t thrilled to take this big step, especially with his Bar Mitzvah coming soon. After moving, Evan meets Patrice, a girl in his class who is eccentric and artistic. Patrice takes Evan all over town and shows him how small the town is, though now it’s a bit bigger with his arrival.

On Evan’s first day of school, he meets the popular kids, Lucy, Kendra, and Brett. Brett and Kendra have been texting all summer, and it seems like they have a romance, but Lucy is also very fond of Brett. Eager to befriend everyone, Evan tries to help Brett seduce Kendra. Meanwhile, Lucy is angry about the situation. She tells Evan that if Brett and Kendra get together, no one will come to Evan’s Bat Mitzvah. Will Evan be able to make peace between friends?

13: THE MUSICAL is a fun musical based on a Broadway show, although the film has been changed with new song additions. The songs are catchy and fun and above all wholesome. This is a movie made for the college demographic and they hit that demographic well, although people outside of that demographic may not find it as entertaining.

13: THE MUSICAL has a moral view of the world that is about sticking with your friends instead of getting sucked into a popularity contest. The film emphasizes the main character’s Jewish faith. However, many of the events he participates in take place in a church, as the film jokes that there are only churches in Indiana, not synagogues. Overall, 13: THE MUSICAL is wholesome, though it does contain a song about kissing a girl and heavier divorce themes.


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