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Parents' Guide to

Big Time Movie

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Boy band tips hat to Beatles in fun, family-friendly film.

Movie NR 2012 68 minutes
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Strap in for a fast-paced adventure on the coattails of this famous foursome, who adapt to their comical undercover agent personas as naturally as they sing in harmony. The band members bring their trademark charisma to roles that pay homage to the original Fab Four's comedy films and perform renditions of classic Beatles songs. Mix in allusions to spy parody Austin Powers, and this makes for a pleasant comedy (if you can manage to overlook an ill-conceived scene set in London's Chinatown that leans on racist humor and cliched "Latin lover" jokes).

Even those unfamiliar with Big Time Rush are likely to take a liking to the talented teens thanks to their onscreen chemistry. Since the band's formation in 2009, their vocal talent has made its mark on the charts and they don't miss a beat in incorporating the movie's soundtrack -- which features six Beatles songs as well as their own originals -- into the story. The result? If your kids aren't already fans, they might be motivated to look up the band's songs and show for a deeper dive.

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