On the Line

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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So-so story, some vulgar humor in Lance Bass romance.
  • PG
  • 2001
  • 85 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Brief fistfight.


Locker-room post-dating questions.


Mild language (strong for a PG).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer and wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some vulgar humor and some strong language for a PG (there is some obvious overdubbing that indicates that the movie may have been cut down from a PG-13). Characters drink beer and wine. One actor does what could be considered an insensitive caricature of flamboyant gay male behavior. Guys ask each other how much "action" they got following a date. Despite some crude conversation, the behavior of the characters is not inappropriate and one male character comes on too strong is told by his date in no uncertain terms that his behavior is inappropriate, a good role model for the young girls in the audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysoccer girl7 April 9, 2008

Pretty Good!!!!!

I really like this movie and think that it should of gotton 4 stars instead of 3. U should definetily look into this movie because my whole family enjoyed it.
Kid, 12 years old May 9, 2020

Great movie with my favorite NSync member!

I watched this movie because it has Lance Bass in it. He is my favorite NSync member. I love him so much! His acting is great too! It’s so cute and romantic. Go... Continue reading

What's the story?

It's love at first sight when Chicago ad executive Kevin Gibbons (Lance Bass) meets a pretty girl on the El. But he's too shy to ask for her name and phone number, so he sets out on a quest to find her. When Kevin blankets the city with posters in an attempt to find his dream girl, he becomes a celebrity and attracts a lot of women, much to the delight of his three friends.

Is it any good?

N'Sync fans will like ON THE LINE. Lance Bass (who also co-produced) and Joey Fatone appear throughout the movie and are cute. There are a lot of jokes and there is a sweet romance. There are some N'Sync songs on the soundtrack, some good songs by other performers and some cameo appearances by other stars, including Richie Sambora and Brandi.

For parents of kids who want to see the movie and want to know how bad it is: I've seen worse. The script is really terrible, not just dumb but sloppy. Furthermore, the movie unforgiveably wastes the talents of Dave Foley and Jerry Stiller. On the scale of pop star vanity productions that reaches from the depths of Glitter and Can't Stop the Music to the pinnacle of Hard Day's Night, it is not very good but not destined for status as a legendary disaster. It's about as harmless as an average sitcom episode.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how it can be hard to take a risk. Parents may want to talk about some of their own experiences and how they learned from their mistakes.

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For kids who love romance

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