Jump In!

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Disney ropes in an energetic winner for families.
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  • Review Date: April 2, 2007
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff

Flirtatious exchanges are prevalent but very mild; one scene shows a very quick kiss.

Language

Characters talk some trash over boxing and Double Dutch competitions, but there's no cursing.

Consumerism

The movie gives plenty of air time to its catchy soundtrack. And it's Disney, so expect lots of other tie-ins, too.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

What's the story?

JUMP IN! is the story of Izzy Daniels (Corbin Bleu). Since the recent death of his mother, boxing has brought Izzy closer to his dad Kenneth (Bleu's real-life father, David Reivers), who is a former boxer and well known in the neighborhood. Izzy spends every available moment training at his dad's gym. But when his pretty neighbor, Mary (Keke Palmer), dares him to join her Double Dutch jump rope team for an upcoming competition, Izzy jokingly accepts. To his disbelief, Izzy discovers that he's a jumping natural, and actually enjoys the high-stepping, acrobatic choreography between the ropes. Worried about disappointing his father -- and terrified that his buddies might find out that he's defected to such a "girlie" pastime -- Izzy keeps his new allegiance to himself. But when word gets out about his secret, he has to make a choice between following his heart and living out his dad's championship dreams.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the influence of peer pressure. Who decides what's "cool" and what isn't? Why is it hard to be different from other people? What happens if you choose to be different? Kids, have you ever felt peer pressure? How did you respond? Were you happy with how you reacted? If not, what would you have done differently? Parents can also encourage tweens to talk about their own passions and relationships. What do they like to do? Do they feel supported by their friends and family in their choices? How can parents encourage open discussions with their kids?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 11, 2007
DVD release date:April 3, 2007
Cast:Corbin Bleu, David Reivers, Keke Palmer
Director:Paul Hoen
Studio:Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written byKatGirl94 April 9, 2008

So clean it squeaks!!

This movie was both well done and very, very clean. I laughed SO hard!!! They worked very hard on this movie... and it really shows!!!
Adult Written bytbs115a April 9, 2008

Great lesson about being yourself!

I found this movie to have a great message to kids school-age through early adolescence. It is about being yourself and pursuing your own dreams. It even addresses how sometimes parents can sometimes pressure kids into their own dreams - and how it can be handled. My daughter loves this movie. Another plus is she is now very interested in double-dutch - what great exercise!
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