Parents' Guide to

Feel the Beat

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Dancer learns kindness from her students; mild language.

Movie NR 2020 107 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 13+

Not for young innocent minds

Whoever rated this G is a pervert. They shouldn't have swearing, bleeped out or otherwise in a G movie. But the sexuality is beyond tolerable for a young audience. Especially the coach wearing a stripper devil costume and making all the girls bow down to her on stage as she steps over them and grabs at them aggressively. 😡 My 9 year old daughter picked this for a movie night at home and I said, well it's rated G and the Netflix trailer showed nothing bad about it, so sure! Boy was I mistaken. Netflix has a bad habit of including a lot of sex and gender distortion into their programming recommend for kids. This isn't the first time either.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
3 people found this helpful.
age 17+

Inappropriate dancing by children

I am surprised and disappointed that this movie was allowed to be featured because of the sexual-nature of the dance moves by children in a scene. It was described as a comedy, but it felt very serious. The dance instructor had a very negative and unkind attitude in general during a lot of the first half, or so, of the movie. I do not recommend the movie mostly for the first reason, but the stressful undertones were unpleasant and didn't fit the description it was given.

This title has:

Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18):
Kids say (64):

This movie takes a while to get going, but once it does, it's at turns touching, sweet, funny, and fun. Feel the Beat works especially well as a movie that parents can enjoy with kids. Director Elissa Down struggles in the early scenes, relying on cliches, improbabilities, and oversimplifications to establish the grumpy, self absorbed character who leaves friends and family behind to pursue her ambition. But once April starts to learn to make room for others in her life, the movie overcomes its initial shortcomings and proceeds to a finale showcasing likable characters, including several kids, played by Lydia Jewett, Eva Hauge, and Justin Caruso Allen, who teach a clueless adult what life is all about. Donna Lynne Champlin is endearing as the understanding Barb and Wolfgang Novogratz is appealing as the typecast hunk.

A few nice touches add to the likability. The group uses sign language so a deaf dance student feels included. A little boy quietly hanging out during dance class turns out to be a terrific dancer. Barb makes casseroles for anyone in town going through a challenge. All of this adds up to an overall foundation of goodness that infects even the most resistant cynic. Watch the closing credits so you don't miss a street party showing off the hidden skills of the movie's supposedly non-dancing characters. Note that at the head of the traffic jam caused by all the dancing, there is someone in the first blocked cab whose presence underscores April's progress.

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