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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Tony Monero is no longer the cocky, dirty-mouthed hedonistic disco diva he once was. Now he's focused and determined on using his talent on Broadway. He even humbles himself to apologize to his mother for his juvenile ways. However, he still strings women along and treats sometimes-girlfriend Jackie like a puppy on a lead. Laura almost serves him some well-deserved karma and is presented as a career-driven dancing queen, but also falls under his spell despite his creepy advances and non-consensual on-stage kiss.
Within the troop of professional dancers, and two of the leading characters, many are women and display genuine dancing talent. The dance company is led and directed by men and all characters are White. Black characters appear only as extras. Most characters appear to be working class, and hustle other jobs while pursuing their passion to dance.
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Violence & Scariness
No physical fighting but voices are raised during regular lover's tiffs. Non-consensual kiss takes place on stage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters flirt in a nightclub using cheesy pick-up lines. A love triangle sees a main character play two lovers off each other. Characters kiss in bed and allude to having sex but this isn't seen on camera and no nudity is shown. A character is seen in the shower from the waist up and dancers are seen shirtless while performing.
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Language includes "bloody" and one use of "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters very occasionally smoke and alcohol is drunk and served in the bar that a character works at.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Staying Alive is the perplexing and disappointing sequel to the infamous musical hit Saturday Night Fever, but with all the sex, drugs, and disco (and quality) removed. It is directed by Sylvester Stallone, who has gone to great lengths to temper John Travolta's gritty Tony Manero to present a reformed man dedicated to dance. However, aspects of his womanizing ways still linger as he breezily flips between two women -- Cynthia Rhodes and Finola Hughes -- who curiously put up with his bed hopping. Despite this love triangle, sex is only alluded to with characters not seen doing anything more than kissing in bed. In one scene, Monero is seen taking a shower but no explicit nudity is shown. During a live performance he also forces a non-consensual kiss on someone. Language includes "bastard" and there is some smoking and drinking, although never to excess. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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