All Stars

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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British dance flick is clichéd but clean and fun.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 106 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Overall, the film has a number of positive messages, such as if something unfair is happening around you (like the community center closing), you should do something about it. The coming together of the All Stars also shows that you shouldn't judge others by their appearance or hobbies (the way all the characters do to each other at first) and that you should always be yourself. The only questionable message is when Rebecca encourages Amy to dress more "girly" to get Ethan's attention.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although Ethan does do some questionable things (such as hustling his classmates to buy fake South Korean chocolate), he does learn the importance of helping others and being a good friend. Gina also is a strong role model, as she shows the importance of standing up for what you believe in and supporting all kids, no matter their backgrounds.

Violence & Scariness

There are a number of scuffles among various characters, including Amy karate-chopping a few people, some roughhousing, and one fistfight.

Sexy Stuff

Although there's no real sexy stuff, Ethan does pine for the hot new girl (who's shown walking around in a short skirt and flipping her long hair), and Amy has a crush on Ethan. Crushes are talked about, but it never goes beyond a slow dance and some hand-holding.

Language

"Hell" is used once.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that All Stars is a fun, dance-filled British film that will no doubt be a hit with fans of movies such as High School Musical and Camp Rock. This cute, upbeat comedy features Akai, the 2010 winner of the British reality show Got to Dance, and a cast of assorted characters that hit most of the major stereotypes (the fat kid, the tomboy, the teacher's pet) but are still appealing because they have a lot of heart. Although there are a few scuffles between characters and some bad behavior, overall the film stays pretty clean and has a positive message of tolerance and being yourself.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bylauren.felss October 24, 2016

What is All Stars like?

This movie is a really fun, upbeat and will make you want to get up and dance! It includes a group of teenagers, each with unique personalities. I really recomm... Continue reading

What's the story?

Jaden (Akai Osei-Mansfield) is banned from dancing by his parents so he can spend more time studying to get into a prestigious private school. Ethan (Theo Stevenson) is desperate to impress new girl Lucy and unintentionally challenges her boyfriend to a dance-off, even though he can't dance. Meanwhile, the Garage, the town's community center, is on the verge of demolition unless the owner, Gina (Ashley Jensen), can come up with the funds to save it. Jaden and Ethan band together with a team of other misfits to form the All Stars and put together a talent show in an attempt to save the community center, win the girl, and come up with some killer dance routines.

Is it any good?

The plot is predictable and the characters are clichéd, but somehow ALL STARS manages to be a fun and entertaining film that's full of heart. A lot of it is owed to the impressive dance numbers that range from surreal dance sequences inspired by Space Invaders to ballroom dance numbers and Bollywood movies. The music also is catchy, full of popular tunes and cool DJ mixes. And, although the characters are definitely stereotypes, they're all genuinely likable and funny.

Parents will like the positive messages about supporting your community, doing what you love, and not judging others. And though older tweens and teens may find the plot and characters a little cheesy, they'll probably still enjoy the fun dance sequences, making this a family film that's worth watching.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about places such as community and teen centers. Do you think they're an important and necessary part of the community? Why, or why not?

  • Do you think the characters are realistic portrayals of teens? Why, or why not?

  • Do you think this movie is still enjoyable if you don't like dancing? What else makes it a good movie?

Movie details

For kids who love dancing and musicals

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