A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It doesn't matter how many times you fall, as long as you keep getting up.
Positive Role Models
Lucie faces the challenge of dancing again after her fall. Max regrets abandoning his child even though he did so for what he thought was a good reason. Vincent is easily hurt, but does his best to overcome obstacles and help others. A man asks himself if a penniless man can be a good father. He decides the answer is no.
Violence & Scariness
A dancer falls from several stories while performing an aerial dance. She wakes from a coma. A man sustains dance injuries that leave him a paraplegic. Two drunk men menace a woman on the street. Someone snaps back the dislocated shoulder of an injured dancer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A male dancer coaches a woman. They are clearly attracted to each other and fall in love. They're seen with shirts off kissing, but no nudity is displayed.
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"F--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "ass," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "screw," "crap," and "horny."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. A pair of drunks light up a joint. Someone is arrested for selling drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Break features dynamic freestyle break-dancing performances as the backdrop to the emotional progress of two dancers from different worlds. After a bad fall, a young dancer discovers who her real father is and that leads her to other discoveries as well. Older teens ready for language ("f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "ass," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "screw," "crap," and "horny") as well as some kissing scenes may recognize that the basic premise here has been used before in other movies. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol, and one went to jail for selling drugs. The film is in French with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Break has a compelling cast going for it, but the performers can do little to rescue a script that's a retread of other dance and sports competition movies. Lucie trains hard, and tries new moves while an impatient coach barks at her failure to deliver, a tired scenario that could describe dozens of movies. As in other such fare, romance blooms unsurprisingly on the side. Only the French language and Paris setting might make this seem if not original at least somewhat exotic for an American audience.
Ouazani and Mischel are attractive and compelling together even if the story sometimes feels forced and overwrought. Will love conquer all? It's hard to say. Lucie's mother points out that she, too, failed to "save" the convict Max, just as Lucie is trying to do with the moody Vincent. On the dance side, for a movie focused on the power of freestyle movement, choreography feels repetitive and unoriginal, and surprisingly tame. With few exceptions, the dancers are male, competing in a testosterone-fueled frenzy, showing off stamina and endurance rather than artistry.
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