Amy Poehler’s second effort in the director’s chair (after 2019’s pleasant Wine Country) is a teen girl-power flick that has its heart in the right place, even if the script derails itself somewhat at the end. High school junior Vivian (Hadley Robinson) leads a revolt against the patriarchy, set to the tune of Bikini Kill and Brandi Carlile. Powerful message, solid script, and capable direction from Poehler make it a worthwhile effort. It’s John Hughes with a welcome feminist bent.

3/5 stars