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Don't Talk to Irene

Irene, an overweight and unpopular high school student, just wants a chance to be cheerleader. One day, she gets suspended, and must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. With her passion for cheerleading and a new crowd around her, she secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a dance-themed reality show.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by John Semley

Don't Talk to Irene feels rote and re-hashed, despite the strength of its central character and the ungainly charm of McLeod's performance. Watching Mills' film, one wishes it were as weird and wonderful as Irene herself. It's almost as if the writer/director doesn't realize how rare his own creation is.
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Los Angeles Times by Katie Walsh

This cute movie hits all the heartwarming notes — adorable seniors, sassy gender-noncomforming kid and a love interest for Irene. It all wraps up perfectly, and though it can seem a bit pat, "Don't Talk to Irene" is sincere enough to earn it.
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Variety by Nick Schager

Even when the film’s eccentricities feel too choreographed, it manages to deliver its preordained uplift with good-humored charm.
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The Hollywood Reporter by Sheri Linden

The knack for biting dialogue that Mills brought to Guidance is still evident, although his new effort can’t match the bracing sting of his wickedly funny debut.

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