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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Drumline: A New Beat follows the typical formula of the Drumline franchise by combining teen drama, life lessons, and great band performances. There's some strong language ("ass," "hell," "bitch"), some sexual content, including kissing between opposite- and same-sex young adults, and couples waking up in bed together. Fighting is visible, as is some drunken behavior, the use and sale of marijuana, and Apple products.
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What's the story?
DRUMLINE: A NEW BEAT is a VH1 original movie and a sequel to the original Drumline movie, starring Alexandra Shipp as Dani Raymond, a privileged Brooklyn girl who defies her parents and attends the fictitious Atlanta A&T so she can join their once-famous Panther drum line under the direction of alum Sean Taylor (Leonard Roberts). But her attempts to become the line's first female section leader are hindered by sexist upperclassmen, competitive rival bands, and her cousin Tyree (Jeff Piere), who isn't afraid to tell her what he thinks. Also creating some challenges is her relationship with bandmate and rival Jayven (Jordan Calloway). Supporting her along the way are friends such as roommate Tasha (Jasmine Burke). There are lots of lessons to be learned, but in the end, Dani's committed to following her passion.
Is it any good?
As in the original movie, the enjoyable Drumline: A New Beat uses music and a marching band to frame teen-oriented drama and important life lessons. Adding to the fun is the return of some of the original cast, including LeToya Luckett and Nick Cannon.
The plot lines aren't particularly original, but the energy of the various performances keeps it entertaining. Meanwhile, the messages it sends about being part of a team and using music to cope with difficult situations, are positive. Best of all, it makes marching band look pretty cool.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of the lessons featured here. What happens when people let their egos get in the way of working as a team? What else, besides passion, do you need to achieve your goals?
Whom do you think is the audience for this movie? To whom is it marketed? How can you tell?
- On DVD or streaming: March 3, 2015
- Cast: Alexandra Shipp, Leonard Roberts, Jeff Piere
- Director: Billie Woodruff
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 105 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: January 31, 2020
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