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Into the Beat

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Teen ballet star discovers passion for hip-hop; language.

Movie NR 2021 98 minutes
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Into the Beat raises interesting issues about how we see ourselves in youth and how we create our identities in the world as we grow into adulthood. And with attractive performers, including Alexandra Pfeifer and Yalany Marschner, guiding us along, it's a painless process to watch Katya make difficult decisions.

On the minus side, Pfeifer just doesn't seem enough of a dynamic presence to make the situation believable. During fun scenes of electrically-charged hip-hop dancing, compared to the other, far more riveting dancers, Pfeifer looks like someone forgot to plug her in. What seems most implausible is the notion that even the most gifted ballet dancer could master hip-hop dance moves, so different from ballet moves, in only a few short weeks. Has Katya really achieved a professional level so quickly? The action also relies on silly, manufactured tensions. Katya needs to let Marlon know something important, but instead of texting him, she goes running around town looking for him. Who does that? Still, young dance fans are sure to be enthralled.

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