Parents' Guide to

California Dreaming

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dull teen musical fails to inspire; mildly suggestive.

Movie NR 2021 45 minutes
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The positive messages in this musical can't overcome its lack of catchy music or its dull plot twists. Despite the pedigree of its producers, California Dreaming just isn't all that entertaining. Parents will appreciate the lessons in adversity, as characters have to overcome such setbacks as stage fright and having goals that conflict with their parents' wishes. They'll also like how the teens support each other despite the limited numbers of spots for the school. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot here for kids to love. The plot lines and dialogue are pretty basic, as are the songs and dancing. Add to that the lack of comedy and this special, which is actually a pilot episode of a TV series that was never greenlit, isn't worth your time.

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