Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Movie Poster Image
Popular with kids
"Greatest hits" show is tame enough for tween Gleeks.
  • PG
  • 2011
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

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Positive Messages

Because the movie demonstrates how fans have taken Glee's messages to heart, it's a powerful testimony to why teens should celebrate diversity and accept and respect people no matter what they look like or whom they love. The concert movie, like the show, emphasizes the idea that we're all "losers" and everyone has something that makes them "different," whether it's Artie being in the wheelchair, Curt being gay, Mercedes black, Zizes large, etc. The real-life fans include a little person who's also a cheerleader, a young gay guy, and a young woman with Asperger's.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Glee kids all have flaws, but each is a role model in his/her own way. In this concert movie, the role models are the real teens who show audiences that we've all got issues to deal with and obstacles to overcome, so there's no reason to be a bully.


Dressed in bikini-style outfit, Brittany does a sexy dance routine to Britney Spears' song "I'm a Slave 4U." Real fans say they like certain characters because they are "hot." Brittany makes a joke that her "boobs" will look "awesome" in 3D.


Very sparing use of words like "boobs," "hell," "damn," and "oh my God."


The entire movie is a pitch for how wonderful Glee is, of course, but the connection to real fans and how the show has made it difference in their lives makes it more than just a big commercial.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this 3D concert musical -- which features the cast of Fox's hit show Glee performing their most popular song covers, with additional interview footage of three of their biggest fans -- is much tamer than the TV show. The series routinely deals with heavy/edgy material, but the movie is more like a "greatest hits" of the stars' performances, so there's nothing particularly questionable except for Brittany's racy rendition of Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4U." The interviews with the fans discuss issues about being "different" in high school (being gay, a little person, autistic, etc.).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byaggiemomoffour January 22, 2012

Not appropriate for preteens

We told my 11 year old daughter she could watch this based on the reviews here on this site. She got up this morning and told us that "there was a boy who... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2011


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Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2021

Good film

Good film, but the "I'm a Slave 4 U" song has inappropriate movements in there, and what some of the Gleeks—Glee fans—say. It does has consumeris... Continue reading

What's the story?

The framing device for this concert movie is that McKinley High School's GLEE club, New Directions, is giving a high-profile concert. The group -- featuring star singers Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Cory Montieth), Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes (Amber Riley); resident cheerleaders Quinn (Dianna Agron), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris); jocks Puck (Marc Salling), Mike (Harry Shum Jr.), and Sam (Chord Overstreet); and quirky misfits Artie (Kevin McHale), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), and Zizes (Ashley Fink) -- performs such hits as "Don't Stop Believin'," "Born This Way," "Firework," "Teenage Dream," and more. Special guests include Dalton Academy Warbler Blaine (Darren Criss) and a surprise cameo by Gwyneth Paltrow as everyone's favorite substitute teacher, Holly Holliday. Behind the scenes, some of the show's biggest fans explain why the series means so much to them.

Is it any good?

Fans of the show -- "Gleeks," as they're called -- will be thrilled to see that the actors all stay in character throughout this entertaining concert. Even in off-stage interviews, audiences are treated to more of Rachel, Finn, Blaine, etc., rather than their respective actors. The conceit allows the concert to seem like any other popular TV show movie, except with a playlist of songs instead of a plot propelling the film. The stars sing some of their all-time best, with songs that span generations and genres, from Rachel's dramatic rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade" to Finn and Puck tackling "Jessie's Girl" and "Fat Bottomed Girls," to Mercedes belting out soul classics by Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner. While the contemporary hits make up the bulk of the concert, there's something for everyone (although Mercedes and Tina, who's the only one who doesn't  have a spotlight song, are under-utlized -- probably to accommodate talented break-out character Blaine, who boasts a three-song set with his back-up Warblers).

The space between songs is filled with in-depth interviews with three mega fans --a real-life Cheerio who's also a little person; a guy who, like Kurt, struggled with being the only gay kid at school; and a girl with Asperger's who finds comfort in the open-hearted character of Brittany. There's even a cameo of the little 4-year-old "mini Warbler" whose YouTube video went viral. But ultimately this movie is a celebration for those who already love the show and know it's all about diversity and owning who you are, flaws and all. Those who aren't into the series may not squeal with delight like the rest of the audience, but at least they'll witness some brilliant performances, a few of which even rival the original renditions.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how most of the TV show's fans say they see themselves in various characters. What is the show's message about diversity and tolerance?

  • What does Glee teach about bullying and stereotyping? How do the characters represent various "types"?

  • Do you think this movie (and the concert itself) is intended to appeal to a different audience/age group than the TV show?

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