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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages following your dream and working hard. But the movie also portrays mean-spirited retaliation as funny and effective, and rude, obnoxious behavior as cute.
Positive Role Models
Some preteen girls exhibit leadership and perseverance. Other characters are a mix of stereotypes: mean girls, street toughs, show-offs, etc. The parents (almost all are irresponsible) include: a compulsive gambler, a thief, obnoxious stage mother and father, and a ruthless business tycoon. An effort has been made to show ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
In numerous scenes, kids intend to scare others, either as pranks or threats. To that end they use frogs, an electric eel, scorpions, fleas, and a menacing cobra. A chained dog with bared teeth startles some young trespassers who use spray perfume to subdue him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An obese man is shown from the waist up in a bathtub and then cowering behind a towel. Some skimpy costumes and mildly suggestive dancing.
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Lots of insults directed at kids: "fatso," "idiot," "stupid," "fool," "losers," "geeks." One use of "hell." Also some burp and fart humor.
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Products & Purchases
Several shots set in New York City's Times Square include billboards and store names (i.e. Foot Locker, Virgin Records, etc.)
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A homeless man is seen on a park bench drinking from a brown paper bag.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Standing Ovation will be highly appealing to tweens, but there's a lot of mean-spirited behavior and name-calling ("idiot," "stupid," "losers," "fatso," etc.) to contend with. In a comic subplot, a precocious young girl, armed with a cobra, an electric eel, and scorpions takes on cartoonish mobsters and thieves. The potentially scary moments involve a guard dog and the cobra. Lots of stereotypes make appearances: an evil tycoon, mean girls, a gay impresario, stage parents, and street-wise kids. Two leading characters deal with and are saddened by the earlier death of a parent (one has lost a mom, the other a dad). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's painful to watch so many kids trying in earnest to make this movie work. They have too much to contend with: a hackneyed story, terrible unoriginal music and choreography, ridiculous dialogue that is only funny because it's so poorly delivered, and, most of all, a clueless director who tackles music videos, staged dances, and performances that are well beyond his ability and the talents of everyone involved.
The final screeching, cringe-worthy element is a little girl who wants to be a star -- her name "Alanna Wannabe," of course. Given all that, there are 10-year-old girls who truly love this movie and who can overlook all that's bad for the eye candy of the costumes and the fantasy of becoming a star.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.