Pleasantly surprising and positive
I was pleasantly surprised by Let It Shine - it was a lot better than I had expected. Its well written, well directed and has a great cast. Its definitely an improvement on some previous Disney Channel Movies, as far as the quality and messages are concerned.
There are plenty of positive messages scattered throughout the film; being true to yourself, following your dreams, sticking to your beliefs and speaking from your heart. There are also strong messages about telling lies, and the consequences of that. Cyrus, the main character, is a positive role model for young people, as is Roxie, as they both learn from each other throughout the film. Other characters learn from their mistakes.
There is quite heavy reference to Christianity, however nothing that a non-Christian would disagree with. The words 'God', 'Lord' etc. are used, but
not in vain. There is a minimal amount of violence; there is a brief argument between two main characters and Roxie slaps a boy after finding out he lied to her. There is a lot of flirtation, but nothing physical, and it is all borne out of honest feelings.
The film has a really good soundtrack, which is being plugged as a companion to the movie, however there is no product placement.
Parents shouldn't worry about the 'rap/hip-hop' themes; all raps are very mild, and the film is, overall, a gentle introduction into these genres.
Kids and teens: a great film with likeable characters and a talented cast. Entertaining and fun, with a really good soundtrack.
Parents: a good film to watch as a family, but don't be afraid to leave your kids watching this alone.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much consumerism