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Gotta Kick It Up!

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Generic Disney teen dance drama fails to find its beat.

Movie NR 2002 78 minutes
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While this movie is innocent and ultimately uplifting, there is a clunky paint-by-numbers feel to the way it hits all the predictable plot points and emotional notes. Everything, from the slightly stilted acting and the underdeveloped ensemble characters to the lack of originality, keeps Gotta Kick It Up! from being the movie it could have been -- a spirited, feel-good story with an empowering message that really hits the beats.

Guaty does a decent job as Daisy, but the troubled teen with a secret passion is such a stock character that she gets lost amid the stereotypes. Some nice moments incorporating the students different cultures into the dance routines and Daisy teaching Miss Bartlett to say, "Yes, I can" in Spanish are sweet and go some way to being inclusive. But unfortunately these are too few and far between in an underwhelming production that no amount of pom-poms and high-kicks can save.

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