A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Don't give up even when odds against triumph are slim. Do the things you think you cannot do.
Positive Role Models
Ariana Berlin took her aching, broken body and, ignoring discouraging words from doctors, worked her way back into competitive shape to perform winning high-level college gymnastics against all odds. For a brief moment, when gymnast friends refer to Ariana's new hip-hop group as "lowlifes," sentiments seem uncomfortably like racist stereotyping, but later the groups merge in friendship and respect.
Violence & Scariness
A girl and her mom are in a car accident that results in major leg and other injuries for a gymnast.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two dancers look like they might kiss, but don't.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Full Out is an entertaining and uplifting account of real-life competitive gymnast Ariana Berlin, who came back from a debilitating, seemingly career-ending car accident to compete for UCLA's legendary women's gymnastics team. In her recovery she works with a group of hip-hop dancers to help them refine their techniques, and in turn they teach her how to get back to her life. For those who suffer great setbacks, especially young people, this will be an inspiring demonstration of how much is possible if you commit to the pain and hard work that achievement requires. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Originally a Lifetime film, this follows the worn path of other movies about athletes overcoming debilitating obstacles, but, like many such offerings, it's surprisingly fun to watch. Ana Golja is a pert and engaging dancer, and her performances with a great troupe of hip-hop dancers are nicely choreographed and pleasing. In a lovely touch, the filmmakers of Full Out enlisted Berlin to play herself, doubling for Golja in all the gymnastics routines. It's also fun to see outtakes of scenes in which the actual UCLA coach Valorie Kondos Field (played by the far-too-tall Jennifer Beals) is a judge, and three Olympic medalists make cameos. "Tall" and "gymnast" don't usually go together, so gymnasts watching will probably find such casual casting puzzling.
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