Movie Review: ‘The Honor List’

Review by Caitlin Zeigler

Four best friends, Piper (Meghan Rienks), Isabella (Sasha Pieterse), Sophie (Karrueche Tran) and Honor (Arden Cho), create a time capsule in their first year of high school. The capsule contains a sort of bucket list of things to do before graduation. Unfortunately, they drift apart until tragedy strikes, when Honor passes away due to a heart condition. Reunited at Honor’s wake, Honor made a request to have her friends complete the list. They started off not wanting to do the list because of the reasons why they drifted apart and the problems they are currently dealing with on their own. They decide to do right by Honor and complete it, which through their ups and downs brings them back together as friends.

It’s a well made and well written film, perfect for older teens going through this. It’s a feel good drama that has a happy ending while working through pain and grief. It does have some adult situations and topics discussed and shown, but it’s very relatable. It has good pacing and it’s geared more towards women than men, but it’s still pretty enjoyable. It deals with why people drift apart, was it a good reason, are you hanging out with fake friends for attention, do you need to take control of your life, etc. I like that it doesn’t sugarcoat some extreme problems that teens go through that people wouldn’t believe they would ever go through. This is like ‘Steel Magnolias’ for teens.

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