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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspiring documentary about high school jazz musicians.

Movie NR 2009 88 minutes
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CHOPS is as inspiring as it is entertaining, especially for kids who are learning to play a musical instrument. While the challenges and difficulties are many for anyone trying to learn to properly "swing" the music of Duke Ellington, what emerges in Chops is the pure joy of process, of the wonderful results that happen when people put all their time and energy into something they care deeply about.

While being a musician -- aspiring, veteran, or in between -- enhances the experience of viewing Chops, you don't have to play music to enjoy and respect the effort these kids make. For families, Chops should lead to worthwhile conversations about the value of putting 100 percent into your passions and talents, and what inevitably results when you do.

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