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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Some unsportsmanlike behavior, but characters learn from it to become better friends and athletes.
Violence & Scariness
Some girl fights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing. One character makes clear she's still a virgin.
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Products & Purchases
Some of the most egregious product placement ever seen.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids may be interested because hip-hop star Ciara stars in the movie. The father of one of the main characters dies, which may disturb some teens. There's some unsportsmanlike conduct -- Becca sneaks drugs into another player's water to sabotage her -- and some kissing. In general, the film emphasizes learning to get along across ethnic and socio-economic boundaries and the love of family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Gabby's struggle to face her demons and go after her goal -- to win the one volleyball scholarship at the University of Southern California -- grips you. At the girls' high school basketball state championship, the upper-class private school Madonnas face off against the Phantoms from South-Central. The Phantoms got flava, they've got songs, and they've got the skills. They beat the Madonnas and celebrate in backyard barbeques with their family. But when the Madonnas' school burns down, the three top players from the Madonnas, Lauren (Sarah Mason), Kaitlin (Taylor Cole) and Becca (singer Ciara) transfer to Cathedral High, home of the Phantoms. In one poignant subplot, Gabby wins the game but loses her father and then her boyfriend.
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