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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Children can see other kids using their imaginations rather than being on screens. Kids who have read the book can think about how the medium of film contrasts with print. Children in the film learn about sea animals at an aquarium.
Be kind, tell the truth, listen to others, don't name-call, and don't play tricks on others. Getting into trouble doesn't define your character. Sticking with something you don't like can actually teach you lessons.
Positive Role Models
Parents demonstrate patience and kindness when kids get into trouble. A teacher demonstrates patience and grace with her pupils; a ballet instructor doesn't. Two sisters taunt and annoy each other. Two girls are the best of friends and stick together for better or worse -- e.g., Ivy stays in ballet even though she hates it because Bean isn't allowed to quit.
A group of childhood friends is racially diverse. A classmate is in a wheelchair; another classmate's sister appears to have Down syndrome.
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Violence & Scariness
Kids envision a sword fight with ghosts chanting "dance you to death" to kill an "evil duke." People fall down. Two girls consider breaking or spraining their legs to get out of an event, then they detour from a class trip with a plan to run away from home. They're frightened by a "Creatures of the Deep" video. A man trips and is strung up by a dangling wire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A boy asks if there's any "kissy stuff" in a ballet performance. The kids' teacher goes out on a date with a man she meets on a class field trip.
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"Dork," "dang," "idiot," "heck."
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Products & Purchases
The Ivy + Bean book series and other adaptations.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance, based on the bestselling book series, is about two little girls with vivid imaginations who sometimes envision or get themselves into potentially scary scenarios. In this case, the girls imagine a sword fight among ghosts chanting "dance you to death" to kill an evil duke. People fall, and one man is dangled upside down from high above a stage when his foot gets caught in a cable. Ivy and Bean consider breaking or spraining their legs to get out of a recital, and they attempt to run away from home by abandoning a class field trip. They learn positive lessons by being forced to follow through on a commitment and by finding out that running away impacts other people. A boy asks if there's any "kissy stuff" in a ballet performance, and the kids' teacher goes out on a date with a man she meets on a class field trip. Language includes "dork," "dang," "idiot," and "heck." Adults drink wine. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The third in the new book-based series from Netflix is the weakest yet, but it's still good, sweet fun. Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance trades in Cruella-style baddies for a male nemesis in pretentious ballet instructor "Monsieur Joie." The character is played with campy joie by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who's priceless when he spins out of frame and ballet-leaps across a parking lot. His cat sweater-sporting mother hilariously revels in her irritating son's misfortunes. Ivy and Bean's world is magical and their friendship delightful. May the series live on.
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