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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes reaching for goals, teamwork, helping others, value of lifelong friendships.
Positive Role Models
Dude Perfect members are team players and are enthusiastic, resourceful, smart, daredevil-ish (willing to try any comic stunt within reason). They value their roles as dads, husbands, philanthropists, entertainers. The wives are traditional homemakers and spirited supporters. No ethnic diversity, other than audience members.
Violence & Scariness
Comic stunts (no serious intent or injuries) -- e.g., tumbles, explosions, wrestling in giant bouncy costumes, "breaking" guitar over back. "Ned Forrester the Rage Monster" is a character who flies into pseudo-rages and comically destroys everything in his path.
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Products & Purchases
First feature-length film has tie-ins with YouTube videos, merchandise (clothing, sporting equipment, toys).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dude Perfect: Backstage Pass is an original YouTube documentary starring one of the site's most popular teams. The five young men who make up Dude Perfect go all out to challenge themselves, have fun, and share their enterprising, bold skills with eager young fans. Expect outrageous athletic challenges (e.g., basketball shots from sky to hoop), daring competitions between members of the team, and slapstick comedy. The movie follows the "Dudes" on a well-attended 21-city tour across the United States, where they perform some of their most popular YouTube videos adapted for the stage. Along with amazing athletic achievements, there's plenty of comic mayhem. For example, "Ned Forrester the Rage Monster" flies into uncontrollable comic temper tantrums, destroying everything in his path, and one member breaks a guitar over the back of another -- but it's all in fun. Some of the group's stunts probably deserve the standard cautionary note: "Don't try this at home." The movie also serves to promote the growing Dude Perfect brand: videos, toys, sports equipment, and other merchandise. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With their big smiles, good-natured rivalry, and honest intent to entertain exuberant fans, these five "semi-brothers" successfully make the move from the web to live shows. Dude Perfect: Backstage Pass and the Dude Perfect franchise itself are examples of what happens when buddies decide they want to spend the rest of their lives having fun with their best friends. The concept is the best testament to the "let's-put-on-a-show" mantra and the "Peter Pan" syndrome, with bonuses of maturity, solid business skills, and plenty of practice. In addition to friendship, these men are bonded by shared religious faith and a desire to spend some of their good fortune on others. Their stated goal is to provide entertainment that families can watch together. In their words, they "take full responsibility for what the kids take away." This movie is bound to delight old fans and make a whole lot of new ones.
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