A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids are sweet, roller-skating is fun, father and son come together.
Violence & Scariness
Some fighting between boys, Bow Wow smashes his dad's car with a crowbar.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to sex, mostly men or boys ogliing tightly dressed women.
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Including damn, ass, mo-fo, motherf***r, and the n-word.
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Products & Purchases
Nostaligic product everywhere, including references to What's Happening!!, Kool-Aid, The Mod Squad, Fruit of the Loom, the Fonz (Happy Days), Baretta, Kung Fu, Jordache Jeans, Fat Albert, YooHoo, Pacman, Ford Mustang, Atari.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief drinking at a party attended by adults.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes sexual references (primarily, men or boys ogling tight-dressed women), crude humor (jokes about a girl wearing braces and other boyish shenanigans), and some language (including the "N" word). As a coming of age story, the movie focuses on the ways a family copes with the recent death of the mother. Father-son tensions eventually lead to a fight, where son smashes his dad's car with a crowbar, and then tearful reconciliation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Lively, sweet, and yes, bouncy, ROLL BOUNCE is mostly innocuous, sometimes tedious. While the film means to be feel-good, its formulaic route to that end is often tedious. More symbolic than developed, Naomi only seems to exist at Sweetwater, where she provides pretty reaction shots as X and the boys ply their routines to music by Kool & The Gang, the Bee Gees, and Donna Summer. Naomi serves as occasion for X's crucial life lesson -- don't be mean to girls who are nice. The always engaging Jurnee Smollett is underused here, but the 1970s fashions, music, and references are sensational.
The intertwined plot points start to seem like a checklist leading to the slow-to-come denouement. Will X make it right with Naomi? Will he and dad reconcile? Will Tori be revealed as a beauty when she loses her braces? And oh my goodness, will the wisecracking, booty-ogling garbage collectors (Mike Epps and Charlie Murphy) ever find another outlet for their energies?
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