A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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.
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.
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