Parents' Guide to

Staying Alive

By Corrina Antrobus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Saturday Night Fever sequel loses its edge and quality.

Movie PG 1983 93 minutes
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There was much anticipation for this 1983 sequel that saw Travolta reprise his role as dancing king Tony Manero. Indeed this excitement materialized with Staying Alive over performing at the box office. Yes despite all this, the film -- which sees Manero swap the discotheque for Broadway -- is terrible, with a cheeseball script and hammy acting.

An absurd dance finale provides some chaotic brilliance and Travolta's charisma still shines through despite an awfully dim storyline. But it doesn't come close to matching Saturday Night Fever. Directed by Sylvester Stallone (who even has a cringeworthy cameo), you can spot the crumbs of a Rocky movie that just don't belong.

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