Parents' Guide to

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Entertaining tween fairy tale has obvious happy ever after.

Movie PG 2011 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 15+

Disappointing, not for young or tween aged girls

My 7-year old daughter and I chose this movie on Netflix. It looked cute and we also enjoy movies with singing. After watching it for about 30 minutes, I felt uneasy about the values it was portraying. Aside from some language, I felt very uncomfortable with how the movie placed so much value on the outside appearance and encouraged girls to be a sexual object. On the positive side, we liked the music we heard in the first 30 minutes, but it didn't make up for the cattiness and sexual innuendos.
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age 13+

Should've been rated PG-13.

In the first scene they use the word swear, later into the film the main character says "bitch", then not too long after that the main character is locked out of the house by her little brother and then her crush says "A gift a god" this movie is way too suggestive and inappropriate for young children, don't even bother watching it in any case.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (16):

This third installment in Warner Bros.' popular Cinderella Story franchise is as sugary sweet and entertaining as the others -- which is to say, fluffy and cute, not deep and enduring. Tween girls will delight in Hale (star of Pretty Little Liars) and Stroma's (who memorably played the cocky Cormac McLaggen in Harry Potter) attraction at first listen, and parents will approve of how their relationship develops in an almost Cyrano de Bergerac fashion -- a meeting of like-minded artists, not teens in hormonal overdrive.

Unlike other Cinderella adaptations, Katie's stepsiblings aren't always cruel, but the stepmother is completely cold-hearted. Pyle is definitely the movie's top scene-stealer, with her pinched smile and narrowed eyes. She's the kind of character actress who deserves a starring comedy or sitcom role but instead has to settle for these supporting gigs. Pyle's love-to-hate-her performance, combined with Hale and Stroma's adorable leads, makes this a perfect sleepover pick for girls who haven't graduated to PG-13 romances.

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