A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The multicultural cast includes an African-American widower dad who's devoted to his kids and engages in honest discussions with his teenage son about feelings. The movie addresses typical adolescent fears about being perceived as different, balancing personal goals with parental influence, and finding a passion in life. Lessons about the depth of family ties, self-respect, and the courage to go against the grain send positive messages to viewers of all ages.
Violence & Scariness
Boxing scenes obviously include lots of punching, but blood is never drawn, and there aren't any lasting injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirtatious exchanges are prevalent but very mild; one scene shows a very quick kiss.
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Characters talk some trash over boxing and Double Dutch competitions, but there's no cursing.
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Products & Purchases
The movie gives plenty of air time to its catchy soundtrack. And it's Disney, so expect lots of other tie-ins, too.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they may enjoy this fun made-for-TV Disney movie as much as their kids, tweens -- and yes, even teens -- will. It's got drama, emotional turmoil, moments of triumph, and touches of sweet romance (just one kiss), plus some impressive Double Dutch jump rope work and a catchy soundtrack. If all that wasn't enough, the real-life father-and-son acting team delivers heartfelt performances about the struggles of being different from your peers, following your passion in life, and standing up for what you believe in. The storyline sometimes alludes to serious issues like family financial troubles or the recent death of a parent, but the mild references aren't upsetting and make the characters seem even more believable. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Jump In! is a thoroughly entertaining story about a teen learning about himself and what's important to him and asserting his independence from his father and peers. Filled with defining moments and clichéd-but-true words of wisdom, the movie takes a critical look at the challenges of shrugging off gender-specific expectations and shows how summoning the courage to be the odd man (or woman) out in a crowd can inspire others to change the way they think, too.
The strong cast is anchored by Bleu and Reivers, who deliver outstanding performances as a father and son striving to understand each other. And viewers of all ages will be amazed at the host of international Double Dutchers who lend their talents to this winning drama.
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