Those conflicting desires, the mix of joy and melancholy, gave the film what every ten year high school reunion should have: a bittersweet quality. Veronica's high school career is an increasingly distant memory, but Veronica the human being, the hero, is still a work in progress.
Aren't we all?
The film is a bit rougher and more explicit, particularly in language, than the television show. The characters (including Veronica) drink alcohol, and there are some mild sexual scenes as well as a moderate amount of sexual talk. For example, several characters mention the sex video that was made against her consent when Veronica was drugged as a high school student. In an early scene, a fellow job applicant draws a suggestive picture and shows it to Veronica to try to fluster her. She makes a lewd gesture at him. Another character shows parts of that video at a public gathering to try to embarrass Veronica. There is some brief gun violence and a scene with a character being stunned with a Taser. Several of Veronica's male friends get into a brawl. Veronica punches an old rival in the face. The film doesn't push the PG-13 envelope in terms of how explicitly the content is depicted, but it is pretty clearly aimed at young adults, not young teens.
Kenneth R. Morefield is an Associate Professor of English at Campbell University. He is the editor of Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volumes I & II, and the founder of 1More Film Blog.