A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Following your dreams. Being creative. Collaborating with others.
Positive Role Models
While Kat shows ambition and dedication to her work, she also lies, is rude and arrogant, demonstrates a degree of entitlement. Kat's grandma offers her encouragement to go out into the world, become her own person. Some musicians are depicted as skilled, talented, having integrity, who don't want to compromise for commercial success. Others are pretentious and limited in their abilities. Mixture of interracial friendships and positive working relationships.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character is referred to as "horn chick" when they comment on another being good looking. Character pretends their friend is attracted to someone to get an invite to a party. Sex referred to as "sticky stuff." Older character advocates "free love." One character draws a penis onto the poster of a band, next to a band member's face.
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Language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," and "work my arse off." "Skinny-legged, google-eyed, burger brain reject" used as an insult. Disgruntled crowds at gigs heckle minor insults. Some incidents of minor bullying.
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Products & Purchases
Mobile phones feature prominently -- used for discussing work and recording music. Occasionally confiscated for use in school. Musician speaks disapprovingly about sacrificing artistic vision for commercial gain.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink in bars, not to excess, but some lie about their age to get served.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kat and the Band is a British comedy drama about a schoolgirl who begins managing an indie rock band. It contains some cursing, underage drinking, and mild sex references. Its positive messages include following your dreams and being your own person. It also attempts to add some depth to this by showing that strong vision and drive sometimes result in disappointing and frustrating others. There is a mixture of positive and negative role models. Many characters are creative, ambitious, and dedicated to their work. The lead character, Kat (Ella Hunt), does rebel in order to chase her dreams, however, which leads to her lying on multiple occasions, being rude and arrogant toward others, and clashing with authority figures such as parents and teachers. There are some references to sex, but these are all fairly minor or disguised as euphemisms. Kat's liberal grandma (Joanna David) tells her that she should be open to "free love" (promiscuous sex). But this is rejected by Kat, and the scene is played for comic effect. There is some drinking in bars and pubs, and although it's never to excess, it does include characters who are underage. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More rock 'n' stroll than rock 'n' roll, almost everything about this comedy-drama is tame and dated. From its youthful characters only name-checking classic rock bands and aging indie artists, to the limp pop-rock played by Dollar Days -- the band the script requires its characters get overly excited about -- Kat and the Band lacks a much needed spark.
Dougie Poynter -- bassist for British pop-rock band McFly -- puts in one of several performances that have all the impact of a flat note, while lead actor Hunt does her best to bring to life a protagonist who is as entitled and condescending as she is passionate and ambitious. Still, like any passable pop song, if you don't concentrate too hard or expect too much, there is some escapism to be found among the clichés.
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