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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.

Movie R 1980 134 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

don't be to harsh

I think that certain people, especially adults shouldn't be to harsh on it. as an 18 year old teen I really, really liked it. No it's not a good movie to watch with your kids, with the swearing and heavy stuff, but it's also good that they know stuff like this exist, like when that girl was attacked by a junk. It gives a message, and a fun message with that
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Fame might not be a parent's dream pick when it comes to take-away messages and role models, but it doesn't pander, either. It's one of the most honest portrayals of what it was like growing up in New York City during a certain time. The film also captures the raw emotions of teens who are grappling with heavy issues -- and, more importantly, casts the right actors to portray them with startling clarity.

Fame is undoubtably heavy. But that doesn't mean it leaves ardent fans of the musical/dance genre out in the cold. On the contrary, it serves up songs that still sound vital decades later and puts the talents of young dancers, musicians, and actors on display for the world to see. Fame isn't slick or glib, like many modern takes on the same topic. And that's ultimately what made it famous.

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