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Parents' Guide to

High Strung

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Hip-hop and classical artists stop, collaborate, and learn.

Movie PG 2016 95 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+


It’s one of the best dance movies I’ve ever watched, there is a bit of kissing, but it’s definitely not too much and it’s adorable. There is some drinking but only between adults, and it is just champagne shown at a gallery opening. There is positive messages about friendships, relationships, and your actions. Honestly I think it is a great movie for children of all ages. If you have kids that are mature enough to handle a little bit of kissing then go for it. There is a little bit of cussing, the word b***h is used twice. If you are okay with a little bit of cussing then I think it’ll be fine.

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age 15+

Averge/good movie

This movie is free on youtube. Its a good movie, but not the best. Has great violin playing and dances. Appropriate for ages 15 +

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

This entertaining display of talent mixes classical and contemporary music and dance techniques, exposing enthusiasts of either one to the other genre. And the movie argues that mastering contemporary skills requires just as much hard work, drive, and talent as mastering classical technique -- equal admiration and respect are given to both disciplines. Energetic and imaginative choreography shows how much the performers in each category can learn from one another when artists collaborate, rather than compete. In fact, High Strung is at its best when it showcases the fun and exhilaration of following a passion. For example, musicians in a bar turn country-inspired fiddling into riffs on Swan Lake. And a swanky party devolves into a toe-tapping fiddle-off as competing violinists play variations on Ernesto Lecuona's Malaguena.

It helps that the stars are genuinely artistically talented. Kampa is one of few Americans to have starred in a Russian ballet company, and the camera loves Galitzine; as Johnnie, he gets to show off impressive musical, dance, and acting chops. Co-stars John Silver and Marcus Mitchell are also outstanding dancers. Michael Damian's direction is adroit, and the script -- while sometimes a bit corny -- is well intended, with moments of wisdom. As a dance teacher puts it, "Each time you conquer a step, there will always be another challenge waiting. It's a long road, it never ends." Good advice for anyone.

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