A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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"Hell" is used once.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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