A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn a little about Cuban culture and ballroom dancing.
Values team efforts, self-confidence, and honest hard work. Characters are reminded that first impressions aren't always accurate and that strong, talented people often live beneath quiet, unassuming exteriors. The film finds beauty in and stresses the charm and passion of the Latin American culture, specifically Cuban.
Positive Role Models
Leading characters all have strong values, strive hard to reach their goals, and learn from their mistakes. Concerned, protective parenting is stressed and held in high esteem. Diverse ethnicity is a strong component in the atmosphere of the film, but it is neither commented upon nor used to move the story.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Central story line involves an out-of-wedlock birth and a son meeting his disbelieving father for the first time. While there is no overt sexual activity, there are many scenes of vibrant, sensual ballroom dancing. Costumes are sometimes revealing in keeping with the style of dance competitions. Two people who are falling in love kiss several times, intensifying as the relationship grows.
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Occasional swearing: "son-of-a-bitch," "hell," "goddamn," "ass," "a--hole," "s--t," "I'll be damned."
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Products & Purchases
Lone Star Beer, Greyhound Bus, GMC, Coca Cola, Monte Carlo Hotel (Las Vegas), Easy Spirit, Chevrolet
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Moderate social drinking in several restaurant, bar, and nightclub scenes. A beer is consumed on a fishing trip. Someone goes "out for a smoke." Cuban cigars are offered.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dance with Me is a romance set in the world of ballroom dancing that has strong messages about having dreams and striving to achieve them. The plot depends upon two past incidents in which children were born to unmarried moms, and one father who is unaware that he has a son. Exuberant, sensual dancing and some revealing costumes stay within the boundaries of traditional ballroom competition. In addition, there is some passionate kissing and occasional mild swearing (i.e., "hell," "goddamn," "a--hole"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Children may not notice the plot's creakiness, and all audiences will be beguiled by the Latin dancing and the joy it brings to the dancers.
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