Standing Ovation



Tween musical competition with mean behavior, name-calling.
  • Review Date: March 30, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Musical
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 106 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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. 


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.


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.


Lots of insults directed at kids: "fatso," "idiot," "stupid," "fool," "losers," "geeks." One use of "hell." Also some burp and fart humor.


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.

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).

What's the story?

"The Five Ovations," a group of 12-year-old singer-dancers, want to compete in a music contest which will get them to New York City, on national TV, and a grand prize of one million dollars. Their strongest competition is "The Wiggies" a family of older, snarky teens from their own hometown, with talentless, stage-struck parents who will stop at nothing to win. The Ovations make a game try, reaching out to an odd assortment of almost-talented outsiders to help them. A sub-plot involves revenge for a father's death, as well as searching for stolen money and a dad who has abandoned his family.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the parents in this movie. What could they do better? What are some qualities that you think are important in parenting?

  • The movie says: "Bad people make everyone around them feel bad." Does that ring true to you?

  • Making a music video would be fun. Could you work with friends to make one? How would you do it?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 16, 2010
DVD release date:November 29, 2010
Cast:Alanna Palombo, Joei DeCarlo, Kayla Jackson
Director:Stewart Raffill
Studio:Kenilworth Film Productions
Topics:Arts and dance, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs
Run time:106 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some rude behavior

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Parent Written byMargert-jerry August 15, 2014
I thought it was stupid and tacky there was a pantie shot in the first ten minutes, gambling, annoying small children, some kid that acts like a mafia boss, and suggestive dance moves. The whole thing was really stupid and lame I was absolutely shocked by the old man taking a bath in one of the scenes That's just too much old man for me!
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 1, 9, and 11 year old Written byamymomof3girls October 24, 2014


This movie is a disgrace to all society. I can't believe I let my girls watch this. They are 11, 9, and 2 (well, my 2 year old was in bed so my older girls and I watched this). After painfully sitting through this movie, we declared it the worst movie on Earth. It certainly is! Seriously, as another receiver mentioned, the crude humor. Passing gas, and a girl puking in another boy's MOUTH? There are many curse words throughout this movie, and there is a girl trying to fight off people with bugs. There is kissing, and people repeatedly calling eachother "losers". Whoever made this movie, are you SERIOUS?
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 10 and 11 year old Written bythealefamily25 November 23, 2013

best movie ever

My daughter Kim, 11 and son Jay, 10 love this movie. I personally love it becauseit's so snobby and the girls are bad.rolemosela


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