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Alley Cats Strike

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Upbeat Disney underdog sports drama has positive messages.

Movie NR 2000 87 minutes
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A wholesome, old-fashioned feeling of nostalgia runs through this sweet family movie, from the music to the portrayal of the innocence of youth. Rod Daniel -- director of 80s high-school comedy, Teen Wolf -- lines up the perfect mix of teen drama and town spirit to keep it energetic, with some fun training and dance montages thrown in. The underlying story of finding common ground in different schools is hardly original and is packed with clichés. But the strong identities of the bowling group compared to the jocks and cheerleaders gives it almost a High School Musical feel, with the predictable story rolling along at an enjoyable pace.

Alley Cats Strike builds the pressure well, and creates a strong sense of community within the town, even as it shows the downsides to placing such a strong onus on competition. Most of the young actors are convincing and the eagle-eyed will spot a young Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory among the bowling buddies. That said, some of the adult acting is a touch hammy at times. Overall, this is inoffensive fun with a solid message that'll strike a chord and have the whole family cheering for the team.

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