ALEXA & KATIE: Episode 1.1: Bad Hair Day

"Family-Friendly Celebration of Sacrificial Love"

Quality:
Content: +1 Discernment required for young children.
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What You Need To Know:

ALEXA & KATIE is a popular sitcom on Netflix. In the first episode, “Bad Hair Day,” Alexa gets cleared from her cancer doctor to start high school. Alexa and her best friend, Katie, are excited about attending high school. However, Alexa’s beautiful hair starts falling out because of chemotherapy. She hides the fact from Katie and even tricks her into doing something crazy in hopes that they’ll both be expelled from school. When Katie learns about the trick, it causes a rift in their friendship, but how will Katie react when she learns the reason?

“Bad Hair Day” is a funny, heartwarming way to open this series. The story and characters display sacrifice and compassion for people they love, even when it’s difficult. Katie makes a major sacrifice to support Alexa even after Alexa lied. The episode also shows positive aspects of family and parenting. Alexa’s parents are great role models; so is Katie’s single mother. Finally, the girls are appropriately punished for doing something wrong. Look for other MOVIEGUIDE® reviews of ALEXA & KATIE episodes on our website at movieguide.org.

Content:

(BBB, C, E, V, A, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong moral worldview with solid redemptive elements extols patience, friendship, family, sacrifice, honesty, and sacrificial love, plus a joke about climate change is made

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
Two girls throw toilet paper on their principal’s house

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Adults pour wine in one scene

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Lying, trickery and one girl seems to have a crush on her friend’s brother.

More Detail:

ALEXA & KATIE is a popular sitcom on Netflix. In the first episode, “Bad Hair Day,” Alexa gets cleared from her cancer doctor to start high school, but her hair starts falling out because of chemotherapy and her best friend, Katie, decides to shave off her own hair in solidarity with her best friend. “Bad Hair Day” is a sweet, funny, heartwarming episode displaying strong values promoting friendship, family and sacrifice. The episode includes one scene where the two girls cover their principal’s house in toilet paper, but they are punished for their behavior.

The episode opens with Alexa getting chemotherapy at her oncologist’s office with her best friend, Katie, by her side. Alexa and Katie are excited about attending the first day of high school together until Alexa learns that her hair is starting to fall out because of her chemo treatments.. Alexa worries about how the other youth at school will judge her. She doesn’t tell Katie about her hair.

Alexa tricks her friend Katie into helping her TP the high school principal’s house in hopes that the two will be expelled and won’t have to go to high school. She tells Katie they are going to TP the house of a girl with whom the two are feuding. However, when they are at the house with Katie’s little brother, the principal catches them in the act.

The next day, Alexa and Katie are called into the principal’s office, and the two get suspended for three days during the first high school week. Katie is angry that Alexa lied to her about whose house they were raiding, and she storms home. However, at home she finds a clump of Alexa’s hair in the wool hat Alexa borrowed from Katie for the TP raid.

Katie goes to Alexa’s house, and Alexa explains that she’s embarrassed because of her hair. Katie forgives Alexa and offers her support that it will be okay. Alexa explains that she doesn’t want to be the sick girl at school and be treated differently. To offer her best friend support, Katie decides to shave off her hair in solidarity, and Alexa does the same. How will their parents react?

“Bad Hair Day” is a funny, heartwarming way to open this series. The story and characters display sacrifice and compassion for the people they love, even when it’s difficult. Katie demonstrates sacrifice and forgiveness to give her friend strong support even after Alexa lied to her. Also, the episode shows positive aspects of family and parenting. Alexa’s parents are great role models; so is Katie’s single mother. The girls are appropriately punished for TP’ing the principal’s house.

Ultimately, “Bad Hair Day” is a poignant, lighthearted celebration of sacrificial love for the whole family. Look for other MOVIEGUIDE® reviews of ALEXA & KATIE episodes on our website at movieguide.org.

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