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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Musical mixes positive messages and tween appeal.

Movie NR 2009 93 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 9+

Really Good

Brilliant film, full of good morals, enjoyable music and decent characters. Would definitely recommend to nine and up. only side note: one scene is a little... suggestive. Depends on whether you pick up on that kind of thing or not. Could possibly make some members of a younger audience feel a little uncomfortable (just for reference, the scene during the song 'Break my heart').

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 11+


love it . shows how much determination can take one, whether for a good cause or a bad one.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (21):

Though parents will find the story predictable and more than a little cheesy, tweens are sure to embrace it and the messages it sends. With SPECTACULAR!, Nickelodeon attempts to loosen the iron grip Disney established on tween-targeted modern-day musicals with High School Musical and its sequels. Spectacular! definitely has some similarities to HSM -- including a talented cast, upbeat song-and-dance numbers, and age-appropriate content for tweens -- but there are also some marked differences. Nikko is a bit of a bad boy, mouthing off to his older brother (who acts as his guardian) and flaunting a major superiority complex with the choir members. Courtney's also guilty of some errors in judgment, including allowing her passion for upstaging Ta-Da -- and lead singer Royce (Simon Curtis), who defected from Spectacular! -- to lead to promising Nikko money that belonged to the group.

But rather than weighing the story down, these character flaws actually benefit the overall package. They allow the characters to evolve -- and, in the end, that's what tweens will take away from this story. Spectacular! can't boast the same pure star power of its popular Disney rival, but it does offer equally kid-friendly entertainment with strong positive overtones.

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